MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Montreal Impact

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Eastern Conference Knockout Round) – DC United vs Montreal Impact

Venue: RFK Stadium – Thursday, October 27th – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)

Match Odds: DC United 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Montreal Impact 12/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome Montreal Impact to RFK Stadium on Thursday evening in the first round of the playoffs with a place in the semifinal looming.

DC come into the tie on an incredible run of home form. They haven’t lost in nine at RFK and have won their last four on the bounce there.

However, Ben Olsen will have his side fully aware that form isn’t everything heading into this game and will be the first to remind his players they conceded four times in their last game of the regular season.

DC haven’t beaten Montreal in their last three attempts in all competitions, so there is work to be done for them to overturn that run of form.

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Montreal Impact have won just two of their last eight games ahead of this knockout round. There have been problems ongoing off the field with Didier Drogba, so a win in this one would bring a huge amount of pleasure to Mauro Biello.

Impact finished the regular season in 5th place, but they suffered a heavy 3-0 final day defeat to New England.

Biello rested a couple of key faces in that tie, most notably Ignacio Piatti, who has been their standout player this season. A lot rides on the Argentine’s shoulders but he is a man who has oozed confidence for the whole of the 2016 campaign.

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Team News

DC United have six injury concerns heading into the playoffs as Chris Korb, Chris Rolfe and Charlie Horton are all expected to be out, while there are still questions over the inclusion of Kofi Opare, Sean Franklin and Marcelo Sarvas.

Andres Romero remains Montreal Impact’s only injury concern. It remains to be seen whether Didier Drogba will return to the side following his soap opera saga in the last few weeks.

Key Points

DC United’s form: W/W/W/W/L

Montreal Impact’s form: L/W/W/D/L

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last nine home games and have won their last four on the bounce at RFK Stadium.

Key Player: Bill Hamid – The DC ‘keeper will need to be at his best to shut out a Montreal side with plenty of attacking threat.

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Score Prediction

DC United 2-1 Montreal Impact – DC United to make the most of their incredible home form and progress to the semifinals. Montreal Impact have won just two of their last 13 away games and this one looks like it will a step too far for them.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Chicago Fire vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Chicago Fire vs. DC United

Venue: Toyota Park – Friday, September 16 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Chicago 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – DC United 13/5

Match Preview

Chicago Fire welcome DC United to Toyota Park for a key Eastern Conference battle on Friday night, with the two sides still trying to make a late playoff surge with just a few weeks of the regular season left to play.

Chicago know they need to win this game if they are to have any chance of making the top six. They sit bottom of the East on 26 points, seven behind DC in seventh, but they do have a game in hand over Friday’s visitors.

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The Fire have not been able to build any sort of form at all this season. They come into Friday’s game off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Toronto last time out and have now only won one of their last five home clashes.

However, DC’s away form doesn’t inspire much confidence for United supporters so this is set to be a cagey affair. Ben Olsen’s men have only won once away from home this season and that came back in May.

The Black-and-Red’s 2-2 draw at the Red Bulls last week should leave them in high spirits, with two goals in the final five minutes rescuing a point that looked well out of reach.

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They now need to start winning more regularly to seal a playoff berth. They will only have five games to play following the game in Chicago, all of which come against Eastern opponents.

This will the 55th meeting between Chicago and DC. They played out a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park back in April this season, before DC thumped the Fire 6-2 at RFK Stadium a few weeks ago.

Team News

Chicago Fire are the only MLS club without any injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s game – a remarkable position to be in at this stage of the season. Veljko Paunovic has a full squad to choose from as he tries to give his side some late-season playoff hopes.

DC United will be without Chris Korb, Collin Martin, Chris Rolfe, Alhaji Kamara, Charlie Horton, Jared Jeffrey, Sean Franklin and Kofi Opare, so Ben Olsen really has his options stretched ahead of the trip to the Windy City.

Key Points

Chicago Fire’s last five: W/D/L/W/L

DC United’s last five: D/D/W/L/D

Key Stat: Road struggles – DC United have only won one of their last 19 away games in MLS (D9 L9).

Key Player: David Accam – The Fire attacker is their most threatening player in the final third and can so often change a game in a flash. Chicago may need him to come up with some magic on Friday if they are to come away with three points.

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Score Prediction

Chicago Fire 1-1 DC United – There is so little to choose between these two sides that a draw looks inevitable on Friday night. It’s a result that will do little to help either side, but DC’s away form is a concern for them, while the Fire lack a cutting edge required to win important games such as this one.

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

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

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, September 11 – 13:00 ET (18:00 BST)

Match Odds: NY Red Bulls 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – DC United 9/2

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host DC United on Sunday afternoon in a huge Eastern Conference battle between these Atlantic Cup rivals, with both sides desperate for three points.

The Red Bulls are just a point behind NYCFC in the race for the Eastern title and will be confident of a strong end to the season given the fact they are unbeaten in ten games.

Their current streak is the best in franchise history, while they will be looking to keep a third-straight clean sheet here against their long-standing enemies.

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New York have won their last four at home and are looking like a real force. Jesse Marsch has a confident and motivated side at his disposal, who look set for a really strong playoff run.

DC United are still trying to secure a playoff spot before they can worry about their form. Ben Olsen’s men are two points behind Orlando City in the East going into the weekend and need to stay on their tails if they are to make the top six.

Their six-game unbeaten run came to an end at NYCFC last time out, losing 3-2 last weekend and that late Lampard goal might have taken the wind out of their sails.

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However, they will be pumped up for a derby clash with the Red Bulls this weekend and need to go into the game looking to take the game to their rivals if they are to take anything from it.

The two previous meetings this season have both taken place in DC, with the side’s drawing 2-2 before DC won 2-0 in the most recent clash. However, the Black and Red haven’t won at Red Bull Arena since 2012 and are up against it.

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Team News

New York Red Bulls are without Connor Lade and Gideon Baah, who remain sidelined through injury. On top of that, Mike Grella and Alex Muyl are both suspended and will miss out.

DC United are without Luciano Acosta, who is suspended, and that will be a real blow to their chances. On top of that, Chris Korb, Collin Martin, Chris Rolfe, Alhaji Kamara and Charlie Horton are all out, with Jared Jeffrey, Taylor Kemp and Kofi Opare all doubts, so DC are really stretched here.

Key Points

NY Red Bulls’ last five: D/W/D/W/W

DC United’s last five: W/D/D/W/L

Key Stat: New York Red Bulls are unbeaten in seven home games against DC, winning the last six on the bounce against their rivals. DC United haven’t scored a goal at Red Bull Arena in three years.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – The Red Bulls striker has really found his form in recent weeks, scoring eight in his last seven. He is tied for the Golden Boot with David Villa and loves scoring against DC United, so expect him to be a real threat on Sunday night.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-0 DC United – The Red Bulls have dominated home games against DC United in recent years and should keep their strong run going with another win here. DC have not won away in seven and are facing the league’s in-form side. Surely there’s only one winner here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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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.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. DC United

Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Friday, May 27 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: Sporting KC 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – DC United 4/1

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome DC United to Children’s Mercy Park on Friday night as seventh in the West face off against seventh in the East.

Both sides have endured slow starts to the 2016 campaign and know that Friday night’s game offers a fantastic opportunity to take three points and start to climb their respective conferences.

Sporting KC have only won one of their last nine and are in real trouble. They fell 3-1 at home to Real Salt Lake last weekend and have now lost three of their last four.

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Peter Vermes and his players need to bounce back very quickly. The home fans will see Friday’s game as a winnable fixture and they will likely see nothing other than three points as success.

DC United have four less points than SKC at this stage but they have not lost back-to-back games all season and their biggest problem seems to be putting the ball in the net.

They lost 1-0 at Philadelphia last time out and have now failed to score in three of their last six. They have yet to win away from home and don’t look like a side ready to make a charge up the table.

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Both sides are really struggling but that should make for an entertaining game as neither can afford to take this game lightly.

This will be the 35th MLS meeting between the two established sides. DC are unbeaten in four-straight games against SKC and will hope to extend that run to five come the end of play on Friday.

Team News

Sporting KC will be without Roger Espinoza as he will serve a one-game suspension. Kevin Ellis remains out injured, while Seth Sinovic is a doubt and is unlikely to make the starting lineup.

DC will be without five players through injuries. Andrew Dykstra, Bill Hamid, Chris Korb, Collin Martin and Chris Rolfe are all sidelined and so Ben Olsen is without a couple of key men at a crucial time of the season.

Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/L/W/L

DC United’s last five: W/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Road block – DC United are averaging just 0.55 goals per game away from home since the start of last season – the worst record in MLS.

Key Player: Dom Dwyer – Dwyer has scored two of SKC’s last three goals and looks to be the side’s only chance of success during this tough spell. If he is on form, the home side will likely leave with three points.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 DC United – There is very little to choose between these out-of-form sides. Both are expected to go for all three points but with neither in good shape, they could well cancel each other out. A draw won’t really help either side, but that looks the most likely result.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. New England Revolution

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 23 – 22:30 BST (17:30 EDT)

Match Odds: DC United 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 9/5

Match Preview

DC United welcome New England Revolution to RFK Stadium on Saturday night for what will be their third home game in a row. DC have had mixed results in their last two, with a 4-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps followed by last week’s 1-0 loss to Toronto.

With just one win from seven this season, DC have yet to really get off the ground and with limited options in attack and the loss of Bill Hamid for an extended period time, things aren’t going to get much easier for United overnight.

They had plenty of possession and 18 attempts against Toronto last week yet still fell to an early Sebastian Giovinco goal and couldn’t breach the Toronto defence as their struggles for goals continued. DC have scored only seven times so far this season, failing to net in three games – including the 0-0 draw at New England last month.

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Speculation about Ben Olsen’s future has picked up this week and a few more negative results could see the manager leave his post, as recent form is simply not good enough for a club of DC United’s stature.

New England Revolution are in the playoff places and if the season finished now, they’d probably settle for 5th. They are a young side which is building for bigger things but will still feel they could be doing better than they are at this stage.

They have scored in each of their last four games so scoring goals doesn’t seem to be the problem. However, they have failed – at times – to finish teams off. They have only lost once so far, so a good early start for the Revs has set the tone for what should be a solid campaign.

Progression will come from more wins. It sounds simple but with five draws from seven outings, they need more points on the board.

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If they are to win more games, Charlie Davies or Juan Agudelo will need to step up as the Revs top scorer is Diego Fagundez (2) and so their strikers need to find the net more often.

These two sides have already met this season, drawing 0-0 at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. DC have won each of the last two meetings at RFK Stadium and will be looking to make it three in three on Saturday.

Team News

DC United are without goalkeepers Bill Hamid (knee) and Andrew Dykstra (back), as well as Charlie Horton (concussion), defender Chris Korb (knee) and midfielder Collin Martin (foot). Markus Halsti (knee) is a doubt.

New England Revolution have as many four players who are doubtful with Steve Neumann (knee), Juan Agudelo (hamstring), Darrius Barnes (ankle) and Jose Goncalves (undisclosed) all being monitored for Saturday’s game.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/L/D/W/L

New England Revolution’s last five: L/D/W/D/D

Key Stat: DC United are unbeaten in their last four meetings with New England Revolution.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – DC’s star striker is back to full fitness with three goals in four starts this term. DC United will want him to be be on the scoresheet once again come Saturday night and he will look to disrupt the Revs defence from the outset.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 New England Revolution – Both sides are yet to really find form and we expect it to be an even encounter once again. Both could really do with three points but there is little to choose between these sides and so a score draw seems most likely.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs Toronto FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. Toronto FC

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, April 16 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: DC United 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Toronto FC 21/10

Match Preview

DC United host Toronto FC in a game between two struggling Eastern Conference sides that will be looking to climb the table with a view to challenging at the top end of proceedings this season.

Despite the lack of points they both have so far this term, there will be expectation that both will mount serious challenges for playoff spots at the very least and so this contest is an important one.

DC will feel more confident going into the game after a 4-0 win at home against Vancouver Whitecaps last time out, which was actually their first win of the season.

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Remarkably, DC were the best team in the Eastern Conference two years ago and now they are struggling to win a game. However, much of their ill-form will be down to the loss of star ‘keeper Bill Hamid, who has been ever-present while they have been successful in recent years. His long-term injury is doing little to help their chances.

So far, it’s too early to man the panic stations for United as they are only three points off top spot in the East. As long as they are in touch, they will not be too concerned and another win on Saturday would really give them a boost.

Toronto FC haven’t won since the opening day and for them, it could well be time to hit the panic button. They are yet to spark a run of form worthy of the squad strength they possess as some will argue on paper they should be Supporters’ Shield contenders.

Results will need to pick up soon as they will potentially lose all three Designated Players in the Summer through international duty as Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are expected to join the USMNT and Sebastian Giovinco could well go to Euro 2016 with Italy.

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Their defensive additions may have looked promising in the opening day win over New York Red Bulls but they have failed to keep a clean sheet since then. Worrying times for the Canadian side who will be looking forward to returning to home following this eight-game road swing to start 2016.

These two sides met twice last year, with Toronto the overall winners. The Reds won 2-1 at RFK Stadium before the teams played out a 0-0 draw at BMO Field just a few weeks later.

Team News

DC United are missing Bill Hamid (knee), Andrew Dykstra (back), Chris Korb (knee) and Collin Martin (foot) as all four are out. Charlie Horton is a doubt with concussion and Markus Halsti may not feature due to a knee sprain.

Clement Simonin is definitely out with a knee injury. Tsubasa Endoh is a doubt with a quad injury. Jozy ALtidore is expected to make his second start with Sebastian Giovinco playing just behind him in what could be a 4-4-1-1 formation for Toronto.

Key Points

DC United’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

Toronto FC’s last five: W/D/L/L/D

Key Stat: DC United are the league leaders in shots per game at home this season. They are averaging 19.7 shots per game at RFK Stadium.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – The DC frontman started only his third game of the season last weekend and inspired a brilliant 4-0 win with a brace against the Vancouver Whitecaps. His return to form provides DC with a far better platform to attack and he will be out to hurt the Toronto defence on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 Toronto FC – Both sides are seeking their second win of the season and both will have playoff aspirations this term. Saying that, they both – based on form – could equal each other out on Saturday evening. A draw seems most likely but home advantage may play a huge role in this one as Toronto’s long road stint continues.

MLS Preview and Prediction: DC United vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – DC United vs. FC Dallas

Venue: RFK Stadium – Saturday, March 26 – 21:30 GMT (17:30 ET)

Match Odds: DC United 13/8 – Draw  23/10 – FC Dallas 17/10

Match Preview

DC United welcome FC Dallas to RFK Stadium on Saturday in a weekend with minimal MLS action due to the international games taking place across the globe.

DC’s struggles up top are ongoing and they have only scored twice in their three outings so far this season. Ben Olsen is going to need to ensure his side are as tight as possible at the back to make sure the goals they are scoring are having an impact in their fixtures.

The Black and Red are yet to win this season and come into this tie off the back of their draw against Colorado last time out.

The boost for DC will be that they have won the last two meetings between these sides at RFK 4-1, so they’ll be hoping history repeats itself once again to give them their much needed first win of the 2016 regular season.

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FC Dallas are sitting 4th in the Western Conference after their solid start to the season. They have won two of their three ties so far but there is still room for improvement.

Oscar Pareja will be delighted with how his side bounced back from their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Houston Dynamo two weeks ago, after his side won 2-0 over Montreal Impact last time out.

Dallas havent won at RFK since 2010 and will be hoping to capitalise on DC’s slow start to the new campaign this weekend.

The international break has left the Dallas side depleted heading into this tie so it will be real a test of Pareja’s squad depth.

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Team News

DC United have four injury concerns as Bill Hamid, Andrew Dykstra, Chris Korb and Markus Halsti are all expected to miss out. Alvaro Saborio and Steve Birnbaum have both been called up for international duty.

FC Dallas have two injury concerns heading into this tie. Alex Zendejas it out, while Coy Craft is a doubt. Tesho Akindele, Moises Hernandez, Maynor Figueroa, Jesse Gonzalez, Atiba Harris, Kellyn Acosta and Walker Zimmerman are all on international duty.

Key Points

DC United’s form: L/D/D

FC Dallas’ form: W/L/W

Key Stat: Leaky – FC Dallas have conceded at least two goals in their last three away Major League Soccer outings.

Key Player: Fabian Espindola – The DC forward netted his sides late equaliser last weekend.

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Score Prediction

DC United 1-1 FC Dallas – These two are tough to split for different reasons this weekend. DC United have had a difficult start to the 2016 season and Dallas have a lightweight squad due to the amount of players who have been called up for international duty. Both sides will be happy with a tie in this one.