AlCompetition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: RFK Stadium – Wednesday, June 1 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – Seattle 12/5
DC enter the game on a high after winning their first away match of the season on Saturday evening with a 1-0 win at Sporting Kansas City.
Star goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned to the side to make his first appearance of the season in that victory and the club will now hope to rise up the Eastern Conference through the remainder of the campaign.
Ben Olsen’s men sit fifth in the East but are only four points off top spot and will look to close that gap with another victory here.
Meanwhile, Seattle are really struggling to pick up. They come into the game off the back of Saturday’s 2-1 loss in New England and sit ninth in the West, seven points off the playoff places.
A run of three-straight games has left the Sounders in deep trouble and in desperate need of a pick-me-up before the Copa America break.
They have not won away all season and travel to DC looking to end a run of three consecutive road losses. All signs suggest it will be another tough evening for Sigi Schmid’s side but both sides have absences to deal with, and so this could be an unpredictable affair.
This will be the only regular season meeting between the two sides this season but recent history favours Seattle, with the Sounders unbeaten in five against DC and recording four wins in that time – all without conceding a goal.
DC United remain without four players through injury as Andrew Dykstra, Chris Korb, Collin Martin and Chris Rolfe are all still set to be sidelined. Alvaro Saborio is away on international duty with Costa Rica, while Steve Birnbaum is with the USMNT ahead of the Copa America Centenario opener against Colombia on Saturday.
Seattle are sweating over the fitness of defensive duo Brad Evans and Chad Marshall. Marshall is struggling with a hamstring strain, while Evans left Saturday’s game in New England before halftime. Oalex Anderson and Roman Torres are both still sidelined through injuries. International call-ups have depleted the Sounders’ attack, with Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez away with USA and Paraguay respectively.
DC United’s last five: D/L/W/L/W
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/L/L/L
Key Stat: DC United has not scored a goal against Seattle in five years – a stretch of 458 minutes. DC last scored past the Sounders in the 2011 season, winning 2-1 on that occasion.
Key Player: Bill Hamid – The DC United goalkeeper returned to action this past weekend after months out following knee surgery. The club have managed to stay solid defensively without their star man, conceding the second-fewest goals in MLS so far, but Hamid’s return will undoubtedly help them to kick on further. He is a leader and will hope to lead DC to victory here.
DC United 1-0 Seattle Sounders – Goals don’t look likely to fly in regularly at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night and a tight game is expected between two sides desperate for three points. Seattle have struggled away from home this season and have yet to win on the road. Another tough night is expected on Wednesday and DC might just edge this with the backing of the home crowd.