Well, as Stephen's already pointed out, in league play, August was less than auspicious for D.C. United, as the team (again) wracked up fewer points per game than any other team in MLS. But, for "worst months ever" it wasn't all bad, as the Black-and-Red advanced to the final of the 100th U.S. Open Cup, actually winning a road game in the process. In the "bad stats that could be worse" category, los Capitalinos were shut out only once in August, when Ben Olsen ran out the youngest XI in team history against Philadelphia - an experimental lineup if ever there was one.
But even in the worst months, it falls to us to name the team's best player for this calendar turn. Last month, Luis Silva - a whole two games into his United tenure - won the crown in a walk, taking 67% of the vote. Here's the updated list of PotM winners this season:
And here are the nominees for August:
Luis Silva: The Salvadoran-Mexican-American has a chance to be our first two-time winner in his first two months with the team. His arrival has coincided with United's attack being more dangerous, creating more chances and actually finishing some of them. His skill and movement have created space for others, and his passing literally created a goal for another of this month's nominees. In four league games in August, he scored once and assisted once - a pace that would outstrip anybody else on the team but which actually represents a step down from his form when he first arrived at RFK Stadium.
Conor Doyle: The striker, on-loan from Derby County has impressed fans and coaches since arriving last month, earning calls from writers and commenters on this site for United to exercise their option to purchase the Dallas native outright. His play has also forced Ben Olsen to find ways to get him onto the field, resulting in experiments like his running out at left midfield rather than his natural striker position. Of course, one of his two goals came from that left midfield spot. Wherever he's deployed, Doyle has shown the kind of work ethic Ben Olsen somewhat famously demands from all his players, and he's got a scorer's touch to boot.
Nick DeLeon: August felt a little bit like the scene early in Hook where the little kid squishes Robin Williams's face and announces as his eyes light up, "Oh there you are, Peter!" In the last month, we finally saw moments that reminded us why Nick DeLeon was runner up in last year's MLS Rookie of the Year balloting and his goals against Chicago in the USOC and the Red Bulls last weekend brought a smile to my face as I said (to nobody in particular), "Oh there you are, Nicky!" Whether it's because he's finally fit or what, he looked better in August and was one of the team's best performers.
Dwayne De Rosario: Sure his age showed late in matches, but with his groin finally at 100% (a phrase the 12-year-old in me still giggles at) DeRo showed that he's still capable of some magic, opening the scoring in the USOC semifinal and unleashing a heat-seeking right-footed missile against his former teammates and TFC. Even if some of his moves aren't coming off, he's still the guy on the field who sets the tone for United's attack, pushing and pulling and prodding guys to play a bit faster and more aggressively - in other words, just what you'd expect from your captain.
A special nod to the supporters, who were audible at times over the much larger home contingent in Jersey on national television Saturday night. But who gets the nod for PotM? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments how you voted and why.