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The Best of Both Worlds – 2014 Beer-view: D.C. United

With Major League Soccer and the rest of American soccer kicking off in just over a week we've curated an impressive list of players, personalities, broadcasters, front office folk, and fans to have them tell us (and you) about their upcoming 2014 season.

And, of course, pair their hopes and dreams for this season with a tasty local brew.

That's not just a preview… it's a “beer-view”.


By Justin Coughlan

Team: D.C. United

Coach:  Ben Olsen

Is he the right man for the job?

Ben Olsen has been a part of DC United from the first kick in 1996. I can't think of anyone else who has the love, the passion and the understanding of the team that Coach Olsen has. I'm proud to be a part of Olsen's Army!

Player(s) to watch?

Steve Birnbaum – He comes to us via the SuperDraft with youth international experience. D.C. United has a history of taking young talent and making it better. This is the guy to watch now and for years to come.

Bill Hamid – Bill has found his voice in net and in 2014, will be leading the defense with authority. His knowledge of the game and head for the play is just what a good keeper needs. Local flavor makes Bill an even better fan favorite.

Photo Credit: Washington City Paper

Predictions for 2014?

More rumors about a stadium, or no stadium, or a new stadium. Successful defense of the U.S. Open Cup title. Slow start to the season due to new players coming on board and getting their footing. The end of the season will be as exciting as it can be.

Local Beer Pairing:

Port City Brewing “Optimal” Wit. Brewed just outside of Washington D.C. in Alexandria Virginia, this Belgian White is crafted with coriander, orange peel and grains of paradise. Cloudy but not too much so you won't see the golden color of awesome. The flavor subtly changes as it moves from bottle to glass so your last sip will be different from your first.

Perfect for the local weather not knowing whether to be warm, cold, polar or stifling. This fits with the play we'll see from D.C. United this year because things, they will be changing from week to week or even minute to minute.

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