It is a crazy year for D.C. United, which came flying into 2013 as a conference favorite but has quickly crashed, now threatening to establish league records for futility. And here is a crazy statistic emblematic of said crazy year:
It took Black and Red newcomer Luis Silva, who arrived just two weeks ago, only 141 minutes to with the club to become United’s leading scorer for all of 2013.
Let that sink in.
Going into Saturday night, he was already tied as the team leader with two goals in this year of barren offense for United. So when Silva scored in the first half Saturday against Montreal, the second year pro assumed top spot with his new club.
(Update at 10:27 ET … United went on to win 3-1; check back on PST for more on the match.)
Silva scored a wonderful goal in his debut two weeks ago during a loss to Chicago. That was easily the best yet, a very clever lob from about 25 yards. He had another nice shot from semi-long range a week later against New England.
Saturday’s goal was his third in three games. In the bigger picture, you wonder if we are seeing the proverbial changing of the guard at attacking midfielder around RFK Stadium? Silva is playing as the creator in a 4-4-1-1, behind Dwayne De Rosario, who just can’t get the hand brake released this year.
Here was Silva’s goal Saturday against Montreal, as the Impact just could not clear a ball that hung around a little too long inside the 18: