In the midst of a scoring drought, United has now played 665 minutes of soccer since their last goal.
“We have been frustrated and not very dangerous,” Sébastien Le Toux said, who was the last to score in open play for United.
They will have a chance to get the ball rolling again at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, when they play the last team they scored against: Atlanta United
“Certainly some alarm bells are going off,” coach Ben Olsen said. “Effort, energy and commitment–that stuff is all there. We need a little more quality now, especially in the final third.”
And help is on its way, which is a small victory for the struggling D.C. side.
Though the Secondary Transfer Window doesn’t open for a few weeks, United have acquired Deshorn Brown from the USL Tampa Bay Rowdies.
“We are looking to get better both within our group and outside of our group,” Olsen said.
In order to acquire Brown, D.C. United traded their number nine position, $100,000 in general allocation money, $75,000 in targeted allocation money and a 2018 international roster spot for the number one position in Allocation Racking from the Houston Dynamo.
Brown is a proven scorer. He scored 20 goals in 62 appearances with the MLS Colorado Rapids from 2013-2015. From there, Brown transferred to the top-tier Valerenga in Norway where he scored 13 goals in 37 games played. He also spent time in 2016 with Shenzhen F.C. in China, and sure enough, his scoring didn’t disappoint.
“Deshorn is an athletic forward with proven technical ability,” general manager Dave Kasper said. “We are excited to welcome him to D.C. and look forward to his immediate contributions.”
As United near the Secondary Transfer Window, they continue to look for opportunities to fix their scoring issues.
“It is about creating competition, on one side, but it is also about [getting] better,” Olsen said. “Can we get someone to come in and really take us to a higher level?”
Future dates aside, D.C. United’s present focus is facing a team fresh off of a 3-1 win over Columbus Crew. United will host Atlanta United on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.
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