WASHINGTON – D.C. United scored three goals on Saturday night against Montreal. On July 2, one month earlier, none of the goal scorers were on the roster.
In what's been a lost season for United, three new acquisitions provided a glimmer of home for the future in a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact.
Luis Silva scored his third goal in three games with United to incredibly take over the team lead in that category. In the second half, Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey, former youth club teammates in Dallas, each scored their first professional goal.
All three players are 24 or younger.
“Obviously we've got some young bodies in there and the coach has given us the confidence to come in and produce and play our game,” Silva said. “There's nothing better than that and today the three new guys came and we all scored a goal, so that's pretty special.”
In addition to the three goal-scorers, United's newest Home Grown player, 18-year-old Collin Martin, made his MLS debut, playing 15 mistake-free minutes as DCU salted the game away.
“I think always getting fresh faces in kind of changes things up a bit and kind of gets the team going again,” Doyle said. “So I think it's been a good injection of different faces.”
The win was just United's third of the season, but the team still has a shot at silverware, as it faces Chicago in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
"Ben was talking about getting into a getting into a good rhythm and get that winning mentality going into the game on Wednesday," Jeffrey said. "i think it's definitely a good thing for us now, to experience winning a little bit and get some confidence going into that mid-week game."
If Ben Olsen's young team can ride the momentum from its fresh faces, a lost season could still have a happy ending.