There's no real good way to spin it, D.C. United suffered a serious blow when it was learned that Dwayne De Rosario would miss at least 10-12 weeks with a knee sprain. For all intents and purposes, De Rosario is going to miss at least the rest of the regular season and would only even be eligible to return late into the MLS Cup playoffs.
With United just one point behind the Columbus Crew for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, this season is far from over. Black and Red United is realistic about the challenges DC faces, but hardly considers them impossible. They suggest several formational changes that could help fill the hole De Rosario has left. But they also note formations can only do so much:
The most important thing United will need to do without De Ro is to get the little details right. That means avoiding turnovers, staying mobile as an attack, and it most certainly means defending well. Without De Ro, we're a less threatening team in the attack; that means we're going to need to make wins out of fewer goals.