Then Jeff Carlisle came along to report that a boatload of General and Targeted Allocation Money would head to LA, which has corresponding bomb-drop written all over it. People! It's still hours from the deadline! Good grief.
Let's review what got us here:
They're, ah …
considering the addition
signed Hungarian playmaker
Zoltan Stieber to bolster the attack.
The whole point of the shiny, new, modern-era stadium is to provide not just a home, but AN EXPERIENCE. I should know, having chronicled/marketed/made up what I was doing for the (now-Brooklyn) Nets' move to Barclays Center in 2012. One thing MLS original D.C. will have that Brooklyn did not, and arguably still doesn't, is a loyal, broadly knowledgeable fan base.
Which is why D.C. cleared the metaphorical decks, clearing PT and cap space to chase up-and-coming US internationals (Arriola), intriguing, in-their-prime talents (Stieber) and loaded-with-potential prospects (Miranda) to slot alongside their now-established foundational pieces (Luciano Acosta, Ian Harkes). The rest of this season is spent figuring out what you have – and what you need – so that you step on the field in 2018, in front of a sold-out 20K, and don't get whomped in Game One.
Every thing. Everything. EVERYTHING! is aimed squarely at providing an unforgettable opener. But as my people say, "Man plans. God laughs." Sometimes you schedule "The Clash of the Boroughs", and what you get is the Raptors. Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment still took that W, thanks. (And for what it's worth, they got the Knicks in that postponed opener.)
Expect an interesting matchup for whatever date the schedule cabal lands upon for that home debut. Expect a roster D.C. thinks is not only playoff-competitive, but also inspiring, from the first kick. Expect a team ready to rise. It's (almost) time.