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Josh Wolff still is adjusting to his career's current duality. The part of a player-coach, he's come to learn, isn't one easily grasped. It takes time, awareness and an open mind.
When Nick DeLeon had a brief chat with D.C. United coach Ben Olsen earlier this week at the MLS combine, the former Louisville midfielder didn't get much of a feeling he would end up in the nation's capital.
Soccer conforms to the demands of Darwinism. Particular positions demand particular traits.
If you happen to wander into D.C. United's locker room, deep in the bowels of RFK Stadium, you'll see a chalkboard featuring the MLS standings.
Paced by the influence of newcomer Charlie Davies, D.C. United's attack appears poised to make the club's goal-scoring futility of last season a distant memory. With nine tallies in six games, D.C. is on track to eclipse its entire 2010 scoring output well before this campaign's midpoint.
"Obviously, you don't know who the picks are going to be in front of your pick," Ashton said. "But we when we circled our top guys, he was in there."
"For the most part, we look at [DeLeon] as a wide guy," Ashton said. "And Chris was starting to have a lot of success at that outside position last year. I'm not sure we'd want to mess with that."