DC United vs New England : DC United were no match for FC Dallas in their last match and met an easy loss. They will now return home for their next task, where they will host New England on Friday. New England have actually been pretty strong lately. But they have not had much luck in this venue in recent years.
DC United (8-5-7) are coming off a pretty bad performance on the road against FC Dallas. Their opponents took an early lead in that match and that didn’t help. Dallas sealed the deal with another goal at the 65th minute for the final 0-2. That means that DC United have now won just one of their last ten matches in all competitions (1-3-6). Despite their recent struggles they are still sitting 2nd in the East with 31 points. They are five points behind Philadelphia and one ahead of Atlanta and Montreal. DC United have been solid at home so far (5-2-4) but have won just one of their last six (1-1-4).
DC United will welcome New England Revolution to Audi Field on Friday for their next game of the Major League Soccer regular season. Both teams are situated, in the Eastern Conference, with DC United currently occupying the second position, while New England Revolution are standing at eight place.
On paper this looks like an easy pick. D.C. United has struggled over its last five matches (1-1-3), while the Revolution has flourished so far under new head coach Bruce Arena (3-0-2). For the Revolution, Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo will have to bring it up front, while Edgar Castillo leads the back line with Andrew Farrell. New England is starting to get more balanced and playing like it believes in the system put forth by Arena so far. The Revolution is going to have to capitalize on scoring chances, because D.C. United doesn’t offer up many.
D.C. United will welcome back Paul Arriola and Junior Moreno into the lineup, who have been missing the past five weeks on international duty. Their additions to the attack will free up a lot of space for Wayne Rooney and Luciano Acosta, who will take the open lanes to their advantage. D.C. United’s questions will center around whether its defense can play mistake-free soccer, because that’s what has been its downfall the past few weeks. Defensive lapses shouldn’t be happening this far into the season, so it will be interesting if head coach Ben Olsen tries to shake things up a bit in an effort to rejuvenate the team.
D.C. United needs three points to make up some ground on the Philadelphia Union, which sits at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. This is a prime chance to get those points against a team that is fighting to get above the playoff line. The return of Arriola is the difference, as D.C. gets one goal via the penalty spot (+515) and another one from Leo Jara to win 2-1.