Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Philadelphia Union
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, May 30 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 11/10 Draw 23/10 Philadelphia Union 5/2
DC come into this one in relatively poor form with no wins in their last three matches but they still sit at the top of the Eastern Conference. A loss in the week away to Portland Timbers handed them their third defeat of the season but they are yet to lose at RFK this season and will expect to get back to winning ways in this one.
DC United had been in great form before their three-game winless run, amassing 18 points from a possible 24 in their eight previous games. A win against Philadelphia would put them in a strong position, cementing their place at the top of the Eastern for at least another week.
Players like Chris Rolfe and Jairo Arrieta have been good so far and the team needs to look to them for guidance to get them out of this run they currently find themselves in.
Philadelphia Union come into this one having registered back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Their 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls last Sunday saw them keep a second consecutive clean sheet and they look to be in good shape.
The two wins come after a run of four straight losses in which they conceded ten goals so it’s a huge turnaround for the team that were languishing in ninth until those victories.
Heading to RFK Stadium hasn’t been an easy visit for away teams but the Union can take confidence after beating their opponents two weeks ago, with that crucial injury time winner from Zach Pfeffer giving them a possible psychological advantage.Embed from Getty Images
Another bonus is that DC have played a game already this week in Portland and Philadelphia have had more rest time before this fixture.
DC United will be without Collin Martin, Fabian Espindola, Luis Silva, Nick Deleon and also Michael Farfan through injury, plus Eddie Johnson still isn’t available for selection. Davy Arnaud is one booking away from suspension and needs to be careful.
Philadelphia Union also have their fair share of injuries with Conor Casey, Michael Lahoud, Andre Blake and Steven Vitoria all expected to miss out. Doubts remain over Raymon Gaddis, Jimmy McLaughlin and Antoine Hoppenot. Maurice Edu is expected to captain the side after returning from suspension.
DC United last five: D/W/L/D/L
Philadelphia Union last five: L/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: DC United are undefeated in their last 15 at RFK Stadium.
Key Player: Taylor Kemp – He has three assists for DC United so far, with two of them coming at home, and will look to provide more service for a strong frontline in this one.
DC United 2-0 Philadelphia Union – DC will earn a comfortable win at home as they look to make their three-game home run count for points at the top of the Eastern. Philadelphia have been excellent in recent weeks but may come up short here.