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Cake or Death? Making the call on fullback James Riley

With the 2013 season finally, mercifully behind us, it's time to run through the D.C. United roster and determine who should stay and eat cake and who should leave the team and find inevitable death. Today, fullback James Riley takes center stage.


Of all the new players to come into D.C. United in 2013, perhaps none of them disappointed as quickly as James Riley, who showed very quickly that he wasn't the steal he seemed when United acquired him from Chivas USA late in the offseason. He scored own goals and lost markers. He made ill-timed bad passes in the team's defensive third, in the middle third and in the attacking third. He was the team's Goat of the Month for July.

But he was also the most accurate passer on the team and the eighth-most accurate passer in the league this year, completing better than 86% of his passes, more than half of which came in the attacking half of the field. He made the goal-line clearance at the end of the Open Cup final in Salt Lake that helped guarantee the clean sheet that won United's Lucky Number 13, and he cost less than $150,000 against the salary cap.

Today, your job is to look at the good and the bad with Riley and decide whether you would have him back in Black-and-Red for next year. If so, give him Cake. If not, then or Death. However you vote, be sure to tell us why in the comments.