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D.C. United Season Review: Conor Doyle

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In which we wonder if the most follicly advanced player on the team deserves Cake...or Death!

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In the year of our Lord 2013, Conor Doyle received 72% of more than 300 votes cast, and he returned in earnest for the 2013 campaign. The forward, sitting on a $48,500 base/$49,750 guaranteed salary, had a somewhat uncertain future, made all the more so with the acquisition of Eddie Johnson in the 2013-14 offseason.

Nevertheless, Doyle made the most of things, appearing in 17 games this year (one start, against the Portland Timbers), before succumbing to a torn meniscus in training, pulling the plug on his season in early August, a season where he appeared in 17 of the team's first 20 games before the injury. Doyle just resumed training with defender Jeff Parke at the end of D.C.'s 2014 season.

Doyle's age (just turning 23 last month) is a plus, though he has a homegrown player in Michael Seaton getting closer to seeing regular time in the 18, and both behind Johnson, Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva on the withdrawn forward/attacking midfielder depth chart. And unlike Seaton (who has a protected spot), we would presume Doyle is left unprotected in a two-team expansion draft. So, if the draft is a positive for the club and no players are selected, we ask the question: