Orlando City vs DC United | 2018 MLS Match Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: Orlando City vs DC United

Orlando City Stadium – Saturday, March 3rd 2018 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)

Orlando City vs DC United: Preview

The opening game of Orlando City’s 2018 MLS season is to be played at home. They welcome fellow Eastern Conference side DC United to Orlando City Stadium as both sides kick off the new season with reason for optimism.

There have been some major changes to the Orlando roster during the offseason. Kaka has retired after his contract ended, which is a huge blow for the Lions. However, they have acted quickly to bring in a quality replacement in the form of Sacha Kljestan.

Orlando are yet to make it to the playoffs since their inception into MLS three years ago. The pressure is on them to make that happen this season. Jason Kreis has revamped his midfield and knows his side need to be more consistent. A home win in their season opener would go a long way to giving his new look side, and the fans, confidence.

DC United are in a similar position to Orlando for the start of the new season. They too have made improvements to their roster in the offseason. These were the bottom two sides in the East last season and will both be eager to show they are going to have a better 2018.

Making the playoffs will be the main aim for DC this campaign. They won’t want to make it two on the bounce where they fail to make the post season competition.

Ben Olsen will be expecting his side to show what they can do in this tie. However, DC have only won once in Orlando and they’re going to need to make a vast improvement on their away form from last season, where they came away with all three points on just three occasions.

Orlando City vs DC United: Team News

Orlando City

❌ Suspensions: Sacha Kljestan (Red Card) – following his red card for his altercation with Jozy Altidore in the Eastern Conference semifinal, Kljestan serves the first of his two match ban.

❓ Doubts: None

🚑 Out: Uri Rosell (fitness), Dillon Powers (ankle), Josue Colman (thigh bruise) and Dom Dwyer (quad strain)

(Take a look at all Orlando City’s key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)

DC United

❌ Suspensions: Luciano Acosta (Red Card)

❓ Doubts: Darren Mattocks (Calf)

🚑 Out: Russell Canouse (knee sprain) and Taylor Kemp (sports hernia surgery)

(Take a look at all DC United’s key transfer business this winter by clicking the image above)

Orlando City vs DC United: Key Stats

Orlando City’s MLS form: N/A

DC United’s MLS form: N/A

Key stat: Orlando City have won their last three home games against DC United.

Orlando City vs DC United: Prediction

Orlando City 2-1 DC United: An opening weekend win for Orlando looks a likely outcome for this one. Both sides are missing key playmakers through suspension but given DC’s poor away record last season and their inability, so far, to cause Orlando major problems, this is a game may well follow suit.

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DC United set to sign Yamil Asad in exciting $1.5m move

DC United‘s attack should be a lot better in 2018. Argentinian winger Yamil Asad is set to join the club in a big-money move that will see the Eastern Conference side pay out around $1.5 million for his services, according to The Washington Post’s Steven Goff.

The 23 year old is set to join DC on loan from Velez Sarsfield for $300,000, with the option to make the move permanent in December for a further $700,000. But as well as paying his parent club, DC United will send $500,000 in allocation money to Atlanta United to acquire his MLS rights.

Asad spent the 2017 season on loan with Atlanta and impressed on the left wing alongside fellow attackers Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron. He ended the season with seven goals and 13 assists in 32 regular season games.

Atlanta were desperate to retain Asad’s services for the 2018 season but had difficulty in striking a deal with the player. After negotiations broke down twice, the club made the decision to sell on his rights. Minnesota had expressed a strong interest but it looks like DC have won the race for the dynamic forward.

Asad will undoubtedly improve DC’s attacking play. The club finished bottom of the Eastern Conference in 2017 and failed to score in half of their games. They were the league’s joint-lowest scoring team last season, scoring just 31 times. Asad contributed to 20 goals alone so he should instantly improve the team’s fortunes in the final third.

Ben Olsen will have a wealth of attacking options to choose from this season. Darren Mattocks has joined the club and will likely share striking responsibilities with Patrick Mullins and Bruno Miranda. Paul Arriola, Luciano Acosta and Zoltan Stieber will then compete with Asad in behind the forwards.

DC are preparing to move into new stadium Audi Field in July but will have to play 12 of their first 14 games away from home as a result. The technical ability and eye for goal that Asad possesses will therefore prove to be vital if Olsen sets the team up to counter-attack on the road.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs DC United

Major League Soccer:  Seattle Sounders vs DC United

CenturyLink Field – Wednesday, July 19 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: Seattle 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – DC United 5/1

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Preview

Seattle Sounders take on DC United as Major League Soccer restarts after a two-week break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Sounders will be missing three huge names in their starting lineup as Christian Roldan, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris are away with the USMNT.

They come into the midweek clash having only lost one of their last 19 home matches in the league. An extremely impressive run that will be hard for DC to put to an end to.

MLS Cup holders Seattle have fallen off the pace so far this term. A surge of consistency will need to start sooner, rather than later if they are to have a chance of retaining their crown.

DC United are on course for the wooden spoon. However, Minnesota United are giving them a close battle for it. All jokes aside, this is far from the standard we expect from DC. They have lost four consecutive games in all competitions and six in a row away from home.

One win in seven highlights how tough a run of form they are in. Something has to chance, and fast. But they have lost their last three games at Seattle, without even scoring a goal. So the chances of an away win on Wednesday look very slim.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Team News

Seattle Sounders remain without Henry Wingo (ankle) and Seyi Adekoya (ankle). Harry Shipp is listed as questionable with a hand fracture. Jordan Morris, Oniel Fisher, Clint Dempsey and Christian Roldan are away on international duty, though Roldan may be available after being dropped from the USA squad for the quarterfinals.

DC United attacker Patrick Mullins remains out after knee surgery and Bobby Boswell has a groin problem so both will be absent. Rob Vincent (knee) and Nick DeLeon (abdominal strain) are listed as questionable. Bill Hamid is away on international duty with the USMNT.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/D/D/W

DC United’s last five: L/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: DC United have lost their last five away matches in MLS.

Key Player: Will Bruin – With Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris missing, this is a chance for Bruin to stake his claim for a starting spot going forward as he will lead the line.

Seattle Sounders vs DC United: Prediction

Seattle Sounders 3-0 DC United – It’s hard to see DC United finding any way to pick up points at CenturyLink Field. Their poor season has no sign of improving whilst Bill Hamid is absent too. We expect reigning champs Seattle to run riot in front of the home crowd.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Montreal Impact

Competition – Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Montreal Impact
Venue: RFK Memorial Stadium – Saturday, May 6 – 18:00 ET (23:00 BST)
Match Odds: DC United 19/20 – Draw 5/2 – Montreal Impact 5/2

Match Preview

Montreal Impact travel to the capital to take on DC United on Saturday night as two of the Eastern Conference’s inconsistent sides go head-to-head in the hunt to climb a competitive table.

DC United have been disappointing on the whole so far this term and will be looking to kick on when they finally settle on a consistent side as rotation has affected results so far. However, injures cannot be helped at times and they must ensure they pick up points when key players are missing.

Coming off the back of a huge away win in Atlanta last weekend, DC will be hopeful of a continuation of their performance there. Having said that, goals have been an issue thus far, with Ben Olsen’s men only managing to find the back of the net nine times in their eight matches so far.

Coupled with an ever-changing back four, rotation must stop soon if they are to succeed. And with a minor injury to Bill Hamid potentially threatening his availability, DC will need to find that settled back four to provide long-term stability.

Montreal have been equally, if not more disappointing this season and an over-reliance on Ignacio Piatti is clearly on show.

They remain competitive but are lacking a goalscorer to propel them up the table. A key example comes from the fact they accumulated 18 attempts on goal against Vancouver last weekend, with just four of them on target and only one ending up in the back of the net in that disappointing 2-1 loss.

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Any side that loses a player of Didier Drogba’s calibre is going to suffer to some extent. But the lack of an out-and-out scorer is proving a major problem for Mauro Biello’s side.

These sides met three times in total last season, with the pair drawing both regular season games 1-1 before Montreal emerged victorious in a 4-2 win at DC United in the knockout round of the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Team News

DC United are without five senior players. Rob Vincent (Knee), Eric Klenofsky (Knee), Steve Birnbaum (Concussion). Patrick Nyarko (Hamstring) and Nick DeLeon (Abdominal strain) are all missing. Bill Hamid is struggling to overcome a groin injury but could still start.

Shamit Stone (Foot), Andres Romero (Hamstring), Victor Cabrera (Ankle) and leading front man Matteo Mancosu (thing) will all miss this key away trip for the Impact through injury. Young forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel is listed as doubtful.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: W/W/L/D/W

Montreal Impact’s last five: D/L/W/D/L]

Key Stat: Montreal Impact have failed to win any of their last six away regular season games in MLS.

Key Player: Luciano Acosta – Argentinian play maker Acosta is in great form at the moment, having scored three in his last five matches. He will cause problems for Montreal and whether or not they can stop him will be a key factor in the outcome of Saturday’s game.

Score Prediction

DC United 1-0 Montreal Impact – With the two sides struggling their way through MLS at present, it’s really tough to split them. However, given home advantage, as well as an encouraging result in Atlanta last week, we see DC just edging this one.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Atlanta United vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Atlanta United vs. DC United
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium – Sunday, April 30 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: Atlanta 8/13 – 14/5 – DC United 4/1

Match Preview

Atlanta United take on DC United on Sunday, with the hosts returning to Bobby Dodd Stadium after four-straight road games in MLS against a DC side that has yet to win away this term.

Atlanta have taken many by surprise by just how well they’ve taken to Major League Soccer in their inaugural season. They picked up three important points at RSL last weekend and will be pleased with their return of five points from their four consecutive road games over the past month or so.

Tata Martino knows his side need to make Bobby Dodd Stadium as much of a fortress as possible before the move to Mercedes-Benz Stadium later this year and will fully expect his side to get past DC on Sunday afternoon.

The Black-and-Red have only picked up eight points through their opening seven games this season, picking up their first road point of the year in last week’s 2-2 draw at New England.

Sunday’s game will be the third-straight away game for Ben Olsen’s men. They will be looking to leave Atlanta with at least a point before returning home for three consecutive home games, all against Eastern rivals.

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The major worry for DC this weekend is that defensively, they’ve been poor away from home, conceding eight goals in three trips so far. Atlanta put four past Chicago in their last home game and will be looking to continue their strong goalscoring form here.

Team News

Atlanta United remain without Josef Martinez but the striker isn’t expected to be out of action for too much longer. Zach Loyd and Jacob Peterson are also ruled out of Sunday’s game with groin and calf injuries, respectively.

DC United are expected to welcome back Patrick Mullins on Sunday night but will be without Steve Birnbaum (concussion), Patrick Nyarko (hamstring), Nick DeLeon (groin) and Rob Vincent (knee), while Sebastien Le Toux (elbow) is a doubt.

Key Points

Atlanta United’s form: W/D/D/L/W

DC United’s form: L/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: DC United have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last eight away games in MLS and have shipped eight in three so far this season.

Key Player: Miguel Almiron – The Atlanta playmaker has proven to be one of the league’s best playmakers during his start to life in MLS. He has picked up four assists and added two goals in his first seven games this season and will look to cause the DC defence all kinds of problems here.

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Score Prediction

Atlanta United 3-0 DC United – Atlanta will be relishing the chance to play in front of their own fans once again and should prove way too strong for a DC side that has yet to really get going. Injuries aren’t helping Ben Olsen as he tries to climb the East but with Atlanta’s attack looking impossible to contain, Sunday’s game only looks like going one way.

Gallery: Exclusive images from New York City’s 4-0 demolition of DC United on Sunday

New York City put in a dominant display to beat DC United 4-0 in their home opener on Sunday night, with DC left searching for their first goal of the new season after firing another blank.

NYCFC were ruthlessly efficient in and around the DC penalty area, scoring from four of their five shots on target to move up to fourth in the Eastern Conference at this early stage of the season.

David Villa was instrumental in the victory, scoring twice as well as grabbing an assist for Maxi Moralez’s first MLS goal. That all came after Rodney Wallace scored the opening goal just eight minutes in, after Jack Harrison had curled an effort off the crossbar.

DC rallied in the second-half to get back into the game, firing in eight shots at Sean Johnson’s goal, but were unable to get on the board and are left waiting for their first goal of 2017. They will hope to find it when they host Columbus Crew next Saturday.

You can see exclusive images from Sunday’s game below, courtesy of MLSGB photographer Ashley Marshall.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New York City FC vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York City FC vs. DC United

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Thursday, September 1 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST) 

Match Odds: NYCFC 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 100/30

Match Preview

New York City FC welcome DC United to Yankee Stadium for a rare Thursday night MLS clash between two Eastern Conference sides with a lot to play for as we head into the final two months of the regular season.

NYCFC are still fighting for the Eastern Conference title, but failed to close the gap on Toronto as they fell 2-1 in Orlando on Sunday night, ending an unbeaten run of four games.

Patrick Vieira’s men have done well all season and need to make sure they keep their concentration for the final stretch if they are to be successful. They have enough experience in the team to make sure performance levels don’t drop.

Frank Lampard NYCFC, MLS: New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids

They look to be guaranteed a place in the postseason for the first time but the aim will be to top the conference after leading for so much of the campaign. A win here would move them back to the summit with six to play.

However, DC will arrive at Yankee Stadium in high spirits after putting six past Chicago in Saturday’s 6-2 drubbing, keeping them in the final playoff position in the East.

Ben Olsen’s men are looking to make the postseason for the third-straight season, and while it hasn’t been the best of campaigns, they look to be coming good when it matters most.

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DC United haven’t been great on the road this season, failing to win any of their last six away from RFK, but will fancy their chances here given their recent form.

This will be the first of three consecutive road games for the Black and Red so any points would really help their cause as we approach the final few games.

Thursday’s contest will be the fourth between the two sides since NYCFC entered the league last year. New York City won the reverse fixture this term 2-0 at RFK Stadium and also won the only previous meeting at Yankee Stadium last year, so they are rightly favourites.

MLS: NYCFC vs. Orlando New York City FC Stadium

Team News

New York City FC remain without Connor Brandt and Shannon Gomez, who are both still out injured. Star defender Ronald Matarrita will be away with the Costa Rican national team and won’t be available, while Maxime Chanot is with the Luxembourg squad and won’t feature either. David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard all remain available during the international break.

DC United still have a host of injuries to contend with. Chris Korb, Collin Martin, Chris Rolfe, Alhaji Kamara, Charlie Horton and Jared Jeffrey all look set to miss out, while Steve Birnbaum is the club’s only international absentee for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Patrick Mullins will start up front against his former side.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: W/D/D/W/L

DC United’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last six regular season matches – their longest unbeaten run since May 2015.

Key Player: Patrick Mullins – The DC United forward bagged a hat-trick in last weekend’s 6-2 drubbing over the Chicago Fire. He has started life in DC well since joining from Thursday’s opponents, NYCFC and now has five goals in his seven appearances, making him the team’s leading goalscorer. It will be an emotional evening against his former club but Mullins is in great form and will be a real threat to NYCFC’s defence.

Photo: MLSSoccer.com

Photo: MLSSoccer.com

Score Prediction

New York City 2-2 DC United – There is very little to choose between these sides ahead of Thursday’s important clash. NYCFC have won four on the bounce at home, but didn’t look strong in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Orlando. DC, on the other hand, put in the best display of their season in their 6-2 win over Chicago and will arrive at Yankee Stadium expecting at least a draw. That’s the result we expect to see, although goals should be on offer here between two attacking outfits, who have both scored as many as they have conceded this term.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New York Red Bulls

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New York Red Bulls

Venue: RFK Stadium – Sunday, August 21 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST) 

Match Odds: DC United 17/10 – Draw 23/10 – NY Red Bulls 29/20

Match Preview

DC United host Eastern Conference enemies New York Red Bulls on Sunday night in the latest Atlantic Cup rivalry clash, with both teams looking to extend unbeaten streaks in what should be a hard-fought contest.

DC have gone three games without defeat and will fancy their chances of beating their rivals on home soil for the second time this season when the two sides do battle on Sunday.

Ben Olsen’s men are sitting in sixth place in the East heading into the weekend, only just holding on to a playoff place, so they know it’s imperative they continue to pick up points over the remaining weeks of the regular season.

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A win on Sunday would see DC record back-to-back wins over the Red Bulls for the first time in two years. They have only won one of their last six against Sunday’s visitors, including postseason results.

The Red Bulls might be the away side but they are a strong force and will expect to avoid defeat in what is a huge clash. They are just two points off the top of the East heading into the weekend and are currently unbeaten in seven regular season outings.

Jesse Marsch’s side are looking poised for a strong finish to the season, with a deep playoff run the ambition for a squad that’s scoring freely of late, netting 15 in their last six.

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New York Red Bulls have won the Atlantic Cup series in four of their last six seasons but need to avoid defeat here to stand any chance of claiming an eighth series win. DC United have won 13 Atlantic Cup series since 1996.

These two sides will meet at Red Bull Arena in three weeks’ time, but all eyes will be on the battle at RFK Stadium this weekend, as these two long-standing enemies go to battle for the 52nd time.

Team News

DC United are without five first-team players through injury ahead of Sunday’s game. Chris Korb, Collin Martin, Chris Rolfe, Alhaji Kamara and Charlie Horton will all miss out, while Lamar Neagle is a doubt with a hamstring problem. Former Red Bull Lloyd Sam is set to lineup against his former teammates in what is sure to be a strange afternoon for the winger.

New York Red Bulls have four injuries to worry about themselves, with Dax McCarty, Gideon Baah, Connor Lade and Damien Perrinelle all sidelined. Sean Davis is expected to line up in midfield again, having scored two in his last two.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/D/D/W

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten at home to the Red Bulls in four regular season outings, keeping a clean sheet in three of those games (W3 D1).

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls forward became the club’s all-time leading MLS regular season goalscorer with his brace against Montreal last weekend. He has now scored 59 regular season goals in 98 appearances and has a fine record against DC United. He will look to fire the Red Bulls to another victory on Sunday afternoon.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New York Red Bulls – DC have proven tough to break down in recent weeks, going unbeaten through their last three. They will expect home advantage to count here against their fierce rivals but the Red Bulls will be confident of sealing a result as they look to keep their unbeaten run going. A tight contest is expected, with a score draw looking the most likely result.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Columbus Crew vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Columbus Crew SC vs. DC United

Venue: Mapfre Stadium – Saturday, July 16 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Columbus 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – DC United 16/5

Match Preview

Columbus Crew welcome Eastern Conference rivals DC United to Mapfre Stadium on Saturday night in a tie both sides desperately need to win.

The Crew are in a rough patch of form. They drew their last game 1-1 at home to Toronto on Wednesday and are now winless in six attempts. They have fallen to the bottom of the East and have the worst points tally in Major League Soccer.

Gregg Berhalter’s side trail the top six by five points, they have to start winning games again if they are to close that gap. This is the first of back-to-back home games, so they now have an opportunity to pick themselves up and regain some confidence but it will not be easy, as they have a lot to improve on.

It is a worrying time for the Crew fans who have watched their team fall a long way since December’s MLS Cup Final.

Seattle Sounders vs Columbus Crew

DC United are not in a much better run of form themselves heading into this tie. They were on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat to Philadelphia last time out and are underperforming.

The pressure isn’t as intense on Ben Olsen as his side trail the top six by just a point, but he will be aware that a loss here would leave DC just one point ahead of Columbus. It is incredibly tight in the East.

DC are winless in two and have just one win in their last five. They have found wins hard to come by in Columbus, the last time they managed to take all three points in this fixture was back in 2007.

United have lost five of the last eight meetings between the sides since 2013. They will feel they have a good chance of picking up a win here but will be hard pushed to do so as, despite their form, Columbus are unbeaten in their last seven home ties.

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Team News

Columbus Crew could be without four players for this tie as Matt Pacifici, Gaston Sauro are Federico Higuain all expected to miss out, while Conor Casey is a doubt.

DC United injury list is up to five players now as Chris Korb, Collin Martin and Chris Rolfe are all expected to miss out. Patrick Nyarko and Miguel Aguilar are both doubts. Kofi Opare is suspended for this tie.

Key Points

Columbus Crew’s last five: D/D/L/L/D

DC United’s last five: L/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: Homesick – DC United have failed to win 14 of their last 15 away matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Ola Kamara – The Columbus forward has been one of the brightest points of what has been a tough season so far. He has netted eight goals in his 12 appearances. The Crew faithful will be willing their man to fire them to victory in this tie.

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Score Prediction

Columbus Crew 2-2 DC United – The Eastern Conference sides to play out a score draw. Neither are in particularly good form heading into this tie and are both lacking confidence. A draw will not be a helpful result for either side but it looks set to end that way with so little to choose between the two.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Seattle Sounders

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

Match Preview

DC United welcome Seattle Sounders to RFK Stadium on Wednesday night in both club’s final MLS games before the two-week break for the Copa America Centenario.

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.

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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.

Seattle Sounders team

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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.