Earlier today, we got to talk about the good with D.C. United's Player of the Month for March, and now we get the flipside: the Goat of the Month. Let's skip the formalities and jump straight to the inaugural nominees:
Dwayne De Rosario: The captain left the team in a major hole with his head butt on Danny Cruz in the last preseason game. While the MLS Disciplinary Committee could use some lessons in consistency, DeRo has no excuse, and they were well within their right to suspend him for the start of the year. United's attack without the Canadian was listless and plodding (and it hasn't been much better since his return, to be honest), which could make him the goat for last month.
Lionard Pajoy: The man who proved himself a tactical necessity (to Ben Olsen's mind, anyway) last year scored United's only game-winning goal this season, but he's provided precious little else going forward this year, taking only four shots in as many games and failing along with the rest of the team to generate offense. The Colombian has tired late in matches and looks likely to be replaced by Rafael in the starting lineup before the end of April. In the meantime, is he our goat?
James Riley: The offsesason acquisition from Chivas USA scored one own goal and was a Bill Hamid wondersave away from putting another one into the wrong net. He's generally been fair-to-good in his play, but his mistakes have been big ones. Big enough to be named the goat?
Ben Olsen: You could say he hasn't had his charges ready to play. You could say his tactics are off. You could say it's his player selection. But one win in four games - and losing the 19-match home unbeaten streak - is not how we fans wanted to see the new season start. As the man in charge, Olsen has to bear at least some of the blame, but is he our goat for the month?
Anybody else you'd rather see be named the goat this month? Vote in the poll and let us know in the comments.