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Three Questions with Black And Red United

For the first game of the season i've reached out to Ben from Black and Red United to ask him some questions about the Impact's opponent on Saturday.

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1- What are the expectations for DC united this year after a wonderful season in 2014 ?
I think that some regression from last year's team is likely, but it seems like the media at large is predicting a giant drop from D.C. United. I don't think it will be nearly that bad, and I think that United will be battling in the top three of the East throughout the season. If are closer to battling for the playoffs than battling for the top of the East, that would be a disappointment, but with Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo moved to the West, I think this team has more than enough to do that.

2-What player do you expect to shine this year at DC ?

Bill Hamid will obviously shine, having won Goalkeeper of the Year last year, and Perry Kitchen is a fringe US national team player who is still not yet done developing. But, at least in the beginning of the season, I think that Jairo Arrieta will shine. Acquired for a pittance from Orlando City SC, Arrieta has looked lively in the two Concacaf Champions League games in which he has played, scoring two goals in two games and forcing his way into the starting lineup. After becoming an afterthought in Columbus, he will be an automatic starter during Fabian Espindola's suspension, and he may just be good enough to keep himself on the field for most of the season.

3-What Aspect on the field the team has to improve over the next couple of month?

The midfield needs to get back to where it was last year, with Davy Arnaud and Perry Kitchen looking somewhat disjointed so far (especially in Costa Rica). New signing Markus Halsti has a minor knock, so when he comes back that should do much to improve the midfield. Chris Pontius and Chris Rolfe are both pushing for time on the left wing, and Michael Farfan is pushing for time across the midfield. I think this competition will get the midfield in line sooner rather than later, so it will be interesting to see who wins out.

Finally what's your prediction for the game ?

With United on a bye week after this game, I think most of the starters from Wednesday will probably start. So that means Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Taylor Kemp; Nick DeLeon, Davy Arnaud, Perry Kitchen, Chris Rolfe; Chris Pontius, Jairo Arrieta 

D.C. United was very good at home last year, and so I think that will continue this season. I predict a 2-1 victory for the Black-and-Red.