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If there was a caveat to Dwayne De Rosario's historically prolific half-season with D.C. United last year, it was that he set the bar impossibly high.
Late in D.C. United's 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, the skies hanging over RFK Stadium finally opened. As the rain began to pour, the season-high 18,302 in attendance sang in full voice, basking both in Mother Nature's brief relief from the oppressive heat and in their first-place club's sixth-straight win at home.
Defender Brandon Barklage knocked in the first two goals of his MLS career Sunday night, leading the New York Red Bulls into a first-place tie with D.C. United with a 3-2 win before a franchise record crowd of 25,187.
Since D.C. United kicked off its 2012 campaign with a revamped roster, one key personnel question has lingered over the club: Is Branko Boskovic in for the long haul or will the pricey midfielder be making an early exit?
At this time last year, D.C. United were mired in the lower half of the table. They had notched just 12 points in 10 games and were still feeling the effects of a three-match losing steak in which they were outscored 11-3.
For nearly three years, D.C. United's inability to win back-to-back matches has been a fitting symbol for the club's maddening inconsistency, as well as a sore subject for players, coaches and fans alike.
It's safe to say the duo of Chris Pontius and Maicon Santos wasn't D.C. United's first-choice forward partnership to start this season. Nor was it the club's second option. Or third, in fact.
Chris Pontius scored his first career hat trick to lead D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.
Coach Ben Olsen often noted this past offseason that D.C. United's restructured roster, with substantially more depth and balance than in years past, sure looked good on paper. But in Saturday's 2-1 win at the New England Revolution, those qualities paid dividends where it matters most - on the field.