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D.C. United season review: Travis Worra

In which we wonder if the right ‘keeper was let go.

MLS: D.C. United at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Like D.C. United, Travis Worra had a decent enough 2016. He fended off competition from established veterans and seemed to have a decent enough grasp on the backup goalkeeper job heading into 2017.

And as we all know now, 2017 happened, and happened to Travis in a way. Consider the following keeper ‘boxcars,’ if you will:

2016: 1170 minutes, 13 games played, 4 shutouts, 18 goals allowed

2017: 450 minutes, 5 games played, 0 shutouts, 14 goals allowed

Further salt wound? American Soccer Analysis has a nifty stat for Expected Goals for Goalkeepers, and in 2016, Worra marginally outperformed Bill Hamid at the number (small sample size aside). In 2017? Nobody else with as many minutes was as bad in the metric.

In simpler terms? In Worra’s last 8 starts going back to July 2016, he’s given up 3 or more goals 5 times.

In his defense, Worra seems and wants to take on minutes to get better at the craft, and went down to D.C.’s USL affiliate Richmond Kickers to do so, appearing in 9 games and recording 4 clean sheets.

Still, with Hamid gone and Steve Clark adjusting to his teammates in his second MLS tenure, Worra had a chance to do more with his role and in the words of Robert De Niro in Copland, he blew it, and if competition to Clark is being considered, Worra isn’t part of the conversation. One can’t help but wonder if, with Eric Klenofsky’s work with Everton in the summer before the 2017 season, why he wouldn’t be given the chance to do something between the pipes.

But it’s not my place to speculate, let me ask you:


Do you want Travis Worra back for the 2018 season?

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