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D.C. United 2015 Preaseason Minutes & Positions Tracker v1.0

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In which we relaunch a feature designed to help us understand where Ben Olsen is guiding the Black-and-Red through the preseason.

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We made it, you guys. At long last, the 2015 (pre)season is here. I, for one, am relieved and excited. Which would explain why I'm shaking the dust off of a feature from around this time last year, our preseason minutes & positions tracker. I'll update this throughout the preseason to track who is playing where in Ben Olsen's 4-4-2. There is also some flexibility in the tracker (which I'll show as/if needed), so if Benny changes up his system - as he did last preseason - we can show who is playing in the #10 spot.

So, without prattling on longer than necessary, here's the inaugural edition of the 2015 tracker:

GK

App

St

Min

Diego Restrepo*

1

1

73

Ricardo Anedda*

1

0

17

RB

App

St

Min

CB

App

St

Min

LB

App

St

Min

Chris Korb

1

1

32

Bobby Boswell

1

1

45

Taylor Kemp

1

1

45

Rauwshawn McKenzie*

1

0

28

Kofi Opare

1

1

45

Florida Man*

1

0

28

Florida Man*

1

0

17

Sean St. Ledger

1

0

45

Jalen Robinson

1

0

17

Sean Franklin

1

0

13

Futty Danso

1

0

28

Rauwshawn McKenzie*

1

0

17

RM

App

St

Min

CM

App

St

Min

LM

App

St

Min

Sean Franklin

1

1

32

Jared Jeffrey

1

1

45

Andrew Driver*

1

1

45

MIguel Agilar*

1

0

46

Davy Arnaud

1

1

34

David Estrada*

1

0

45

Rod Dyachenko

1

0

12

Dan Metzger

1

0

56

Collin Martin

1

0

45

Not Appearing
ST

App

St

Min

Markus Halsti

Fabian Espindola

1

1

45

Eddie Johnson

Chris Pontius

1

1

32

Luis Silva

Conor Doyle

1

0

45

Nick DeLeon

Jairo Arrieta

1

0

45

Steven Birnbaum

David Estrada*

1

0

13

Chris Rolfe

Perry Kitchen

Bill Hamid

Michael Seaton

Andrew Dykstra

* not yet under contract

Observations:

  • That's a lot of big names under the Not Appearing head. Though none of them should be surprising. Kitchen and Birnbaum are off with the USMNT, Halsti only just arrived at camp and needs some more time to get to know his new teammates, EJ is undergoing medical testing, and the rest are in various stages of recovery from injury.
  • Goff may have referred to him as "local guest player," but I've gone with another, probably better known monicker. Given his reputation, the fact that he didn't bring snakes or spectacularly fail in some criminal endeavor has to count as a mild disappointment. Who knows whether we'll see this hero on the field again for United, but if nothing else, we'll always have that anonymous 45 minutes one Friday night in January.
  • Pontius got his goal - something that seems to happen a lot when he plays up top while healthy - but it remains to be seen whether his time up front was only to get him some minutes and build fitness while we're short two of our top three forwards or whether Olsen might actually run Partyboy out to lead the line.
  • After that howler of a goal, we could very well see Restrepo start Tuesday's game on the bench. Right now that third GK spot looks like Aneddo may have the early inside track to the position.
  • The competition between Driver and Estrada might be a little closer. Driver looked good - and the left side of United's formation generally looked very good - in the first half on Friday, but Estrada did eke out a few more minutes thanks to his Pontius-like versatility.