In no particular order, I present my ten BOLD predictions for DC United in 2014.
1. Bill Hamid starts less than three games for DCU. With the transfer window almost upon us, another club will make an offer that the front office can't refuse. Only after his work visa is refused, he returns to DC to accumulate red cards before being traded to a west coast team.
2. The VW garage is transformed into a regular garage. In an effort to make up revenue lost to the district for parking, the VW garage becomes premier parking spots. Park comfortably knowing that DCU finished 3rd from the bottom with 125 shots on goal.
3. New website look. Instead of the same site with outdated rosters and old coaching staff, the homepage will be a giant artist's rendition of the new stadium project. And a link to the team store. Nothing else to see here.
4. Ben Olsen finishes season as head coach. The front office realizes it's more cost effective to keep Ben compared to hiring a new coach.
5. DCU doesn't compete in CONCACAF Champions league. With all the rumors about not keeping the spot earned via the Open Cup win, DCU ultimately retains the spot but simple gets it handed to them in every game.
6. Return to post season. Craziest of all, DCU finds a way to scratch its way back in the playoffs after other teams forget to take them seriously during the regular season.
7. This is the last season at RFK. The team is forced to play 2015 as 'Richmond United' after the stadium is condemned. Seriously, have you been to RFK lately?
8. Slight jersey changes. The word 'TRADITION' will now be bold and italics in gold trim. Also, you wont recognize most of the names above the numbers. Otherwise, virtually the same jersey.
9. New goal scoring leader. After a series of confrontations on and off the field, Own Goal is officially released from the club. Like every other prolific players over the last few years, no team statement is released (see Quaranta, S., DeRosario D.).
10. MORE FOOD TRUCKS. Much like the website and jersey updates, the organization continues to make improvements to make your game experience an enjoyable one. All except for the 90 plus minutes on the pitch.