The MLS season is still at the beginning of a long season of real soccer. Just like many other clubs, D.C United is also making changes in their team. Many players have been entering and exiting the lineup frequently. The team’s formation change affected Zoltan Stieber who wished to start for the team. However, a teammate’s injury that occurred in the past weekend will likely see him making a start for the team. The player is likely to make a start for two critical home matches.
Next week, the player will have to make a halt again as he will be on duty with his country’s national team Hungary. In the first season that the player played for D.C, he scored five goals which tied him on the third position overall and third on assists. He had seven assists. The 29-year-old midfielder has played on both flanks and also in the middle. Yamil Asad is reported to be recovering from his ankle injury. However, Stieber remains as Ben Olsen’s best option for the position. Ben played him on the left wing on Wednesday as they faced Philadelphia Union at the Audi Field. In the past three games, Stieber has been the first sub. So far, the player has been on the pitch for 92 minutes and has scored an insurance goal as they played New England on August 19th. Olsen noted that nobody likes being on the bench. He described this as being a pro athlete never aspiring to be on the bench but in the pitch playing. He went on to say that’s why the players always come from the bench and perform because they fully understand their abilities. All the players argue that they are worthy of being in the starting lineup.
Stieber has so far started in 14 consecutive MLS matches. After, Olsen altered the team’s formation that included two defensive midfielders instead of the previous one. This meant that one of the midfield attackers had to sit and give space for another defensive midfielder. Stieber was the sacrificial lamb. He was relegated to be a super sub and also serve as fresh legs for the tiring winger during the second half. Stieber noted that at first, he was very disappointed with the changes that were made. He, however, had no option than to respect the decision that was made by the manager. He promised to prove more from the bench.