By Simon Allen
DC United. Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario and Carlos Ruiz should give defenders across the league nightmares. James Riley who will try to replicate the performances he had while he was at Seattle ( rather than ChivasUSA) will join a list of defenders that are probably some of the best in the Eastern Conference- Robbie Russell, Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald.
Ben Olsen perhaps taking a cue from LA Galaxy coach, Bruce Arena has brought in two Brazilians on loan. These are the unknown quantities that make DC United a team to watch in 2013. Will Rafael (from Bahia) be worth his DP money? Will Raphael Augusto (from Fluminese) be the next Juninho? Or the next Alvaro Pires? If DC United click this season I can see them being top in the East by season end. Scary for the likes of Sporting KC and Houston Dynamo to say the least.