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DC United All-Decade Team: Starting Attacking Midfielder

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Freddy Adu via <a href="http://cdn.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/adu1.jpg">majorleaguesoccertalk.com</a>
Freddy Adu via majorleaguesoccertalk.com

Here we have a generational conflict between two of the greatest players in DC United history. United has never won anything significant without one of these guys on the field, and each has been instrumental in delivering championships and other trophies to the team.

It's once again time though for me to remind you that we should only be voting on what a player has done for United between the years 2000 and 2009. Etcheverry's MLS Cup victories in 1996, 1997, and 1999 shouldn't count in this poll, although I wouldn't blame you for voting for him anyway.

What would be surprising to most casual soccer observers is that one of the most recognizable names in US soccer history isn't likely to finish in the top 2 in this poll. And no, just to be clear, I'm not talking about Dyachenko.

The candidates for central attacking midfield for the DCU All-Decade team are:

Christian Gomez (2004-2007, 2009), 124 matches, 45 goals, 33 assists
Marco Etcheverry (2000-2003), 94 matches, 13 goals, 35 assists
Freddy Adu (2004-2006), 87 matches, 11 goals, 17 assists
Rod Dyachenko (2006-2008), 42 matches, 1 goal, 3 assists