When you struggle through the worst season in the history of Major League Soccer you can do one of three things in an effort to get better.
Change the coach, change the players or change them both! D.C United has chosen to follow path #2.
After winning only three regular season games, the roster remake has begun for United, starting with making several veteran players, including Dwayne De Rosario, James Riley, Carlos Ruiz and John Thorrington available for the MLS Re-Entry draft.
First, D.C. United acquired veteran midfielder Davy Arnaud from the Montreal Impact. Arnaud was the Impact’s team captain[show_disconnected][show_to accesslevel=’Subscriber’].
They then selected Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin from the Re-Entry Draft. Boswell, who began his professional career with D.C. United after a collegiate career at Florida International University, has been the Dynamo team captain. Arnoud and Boswell bring veteran leadership to the team next year.
Forward Conor Doyle, who played on loan last season from Derby County in England’s Championship division, has been signed after a permanent transfer was completed.
The latest player move was the acquisition of U.S. MNT forward Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for allocation money.
In Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, D.C. United selected Fabian Espindola and Nana Attakora. Both were out of contract.
Ben Olsen will coach the team again in 2014 team, and the one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season was winning the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
Apparantly, some progress is being made on the construction of a new soccer stadium for D.C. United in Washington’s Buzzard Point neighborhood. A proposal is expected to be presented to the District of Columbia by the end of December. The council will be asked to respond early in 2014.
To make it happen several parcels of land must change hands. Developer Akridge now owns the land where the stadium would be built. They would swap that land for land that currently includes an aging D.C. municipal complex, the Reeves Center, with that land going to Akridge.
Akridge would demolish the Reeves Center and use that land to build either high-rise residential and/or commercial office facilities. The city would build a new municipal complex at another location to replace the Reeves Center.
In the proposed deal, the District will provide the land, which has an estimated value of $150 million. D.C. United will pay another $150 to build the stadium.

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