2011 D.C. United Preview: Bolstered Attack Should Help DCU Make the Playoffs

Position in 2010: 16th Overall, 8th in Eastern Conference

Key Additions: Charlie Davies, Dax McCarty, Perry Kitchen, Joseph Ngwenya, Josh Wolff

Key Losses: Danny Allsopp, Julius James, Jaime Moreno, Troy Perkins

Outlook: People have been treating the United's underachieving over the past three years as something rather unprecedented. In fact, the club had a bit of a swoon following their "golden era" from 1996–99.

The club recycled through coaches hoping to find the right blend. Pitor Nowak managed to do that in 2004 and give the club their first Cup title since 1999.

Subsequently, the second golden era came, with a run to the CONCACAF semifinals, two consecutive Supporters Shields and another U.S. Open Cup title.

Since then, the United hit a tack in the road and have crashed in disastrous fashion.

Ben Olsen has to overhaul this club, and the management has shown an i...

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