Encouraging news for D.C. United defense. But, oh, that pitiful attack!


D.C. United can be happy with a point on the road, especially against one of the league’s hottest sides and employers of one of the league’s hottest attackers (Diego Fagundez.)

No, a 0-0 draw in New England on Saturday isn’t something to wake the kids and tell them about. But is sure not the worst thing in the Black and Red world, either.  Heck, with four consecutive home matches coming up (one in the U.S. Open Cup, three in league action), United has a fair chance of crawling out of last place in the East.

Then again, they’ll need to score a couple of goals to get there. And that is proving historically difficult for the club now staring at the business end of a 12-game winless streak.

Saturday’s latest failure to find goal means United has six of them in 14 matches this year. That is a rate of 0.43 a match, and it’s easily on track for a league record. Over 34 matches, that’s just south of 15 goals. Over a whole season!

Chances are that a couple of huge breakouts (Two goals, perhaps?) are out there. But at this rate, Ben Olsen’s team would shatter the record low of 21 goals back in 2010. That, by the way, was only in a 30-game season.

The “good” news in this case: the record belongs to D.C. United anyway.  That was in 2010, Tom Soehn’s final season with the club.

For a good explanation of what’s gone wrong around RFK, this piece from Smooth Steven Goff still sets the standard.