Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Real Salt Lake
Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, August 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Real Salt Lake 14/5
DC United come into the game off the back of a 3-2 victory over Philadelphia last time out which ended a two-game losing streak, and they will want to build on their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference here.
DC United currently sit at the top of the East and are level with FC Dallas on 38 points in the Supporters’ Shield standings despite their dip in form in recent weeks. All three defeats in their last five have come away from home but their home form has been excellent and they are rightly favourites for Saturday’s clash.
DC United’s 2015 record in MLS: P23 – W11 – D5 – L7
Real Salt Lake come into this game in great form after recording back-to-back home victories and they have only lost once in their last five. However their form on the road has been nothing short of disappointing.
Real Salt Lake have only won two games away from home all season, only scoring six road goals in the process. As well as the poor away form and lack of goals scored away from home they have also managed to leak 16 goals on their travels and that is a major concern for Jeff Cassar.
Real Salt Lake’s 2015 record in MLS: P22 – W7 – D8 – L7
DC United have only lost one game at home all season, claiming 27 of their 38 points at RFK Stadium and have scored 21 goals at home, showing how prolific they can be in front of goal when the home crowd is behind them.
One man who will look to get on the scoresheet is new striker Alvaro Saborio. The Costa Rican frontman recently joined from Real Salt Lake and the RSL record goalscorer could haunt his former employers in this one.
DC United are missing as many as five key men out injured. Bill Hamid, Michael Farfan, Collin Martin, Sean Franklin and Chris Pontius are all missing.
Real Salt Lake are without Jamison Olave through injury. RSL have a few doubts including Jordan Allen, Luis Silva, Chris Schuler and Demar Phillips.
DC United’s last five: W/D/L/L/W
Real Salt Lake’s last five: D/D/L/W/W
Key Stat: Real Salt Lake have lost their last five matches away from home in MLS.
Key Player: Fabian Espindola – Argentine playmaker Espindola is an extremely gifted player and it will be difficult for Real Salt Lake to contain his creativity come Saturday night.
DC United 3-0 Real Salt Lake – Due to DC United’s attacking dominance that they have shown at home over the duration of the season and the lack of attacking dominance shown by Real Salt Lake on the road, this game can only go one way and that’s a convincing win from DC United. Their form at home has been great and it’s tough to see that changing this weekend against Real Salt Lake.