D.C. United and Columbus Crew haven’t met since last summer, but a whole lot has changed since they played to a 2-2 draw at Audi Field. Today, D.C. will play in the Crew’s home opener and hope for a better result than their last visit to Columbus, a 3-0 loss.
In the District, Wayne Rooney has truly settled in and has set about rebuilding the roster and mentality of the Black-and-Red. He said that he knew, “obviously, what I was coming into was going to be very difficult, but it really allowed me to see the changes that I wanted to make from both a player point of view and a staff point of view.”
Wilfried Nancy joined the Crew as their new head coach after his tenure at CF Montréal and is now prepared for his first home match at Lower.com Field in front of faithful supporters. Former D.C. United coach Hernán Losada took over the job in Montréal.
In a week of shakeups, the Black-and-Red welcomed back Yamil Asad while the Crew acquired center back Gustavo Vallecilla on loan from the Colorado Rapids. Both are available for today’s match, and Rooney said to the media that Asad may be on the bench for today’s match.
For new D.C. United player Pedro Santos, it will be a kind of bittersweet homecoming as he prepares to play against his former club. The Black-and-Red are hopeful he’ll be scoring for our side today.
Check out what Wayne Rooney had to say ahead of the match:
Key Players: Christian Benteke, Mateusz Klich, Ted Ku-DiPietro
While Benteke, Klich, and Ku-DiPietro put D.C. on the board last match, the truth is danger can come from anywhere in the Black-and-Red lineup these days. We’re looking forward to seeing who steps up tonight for D.C. United.
Watch Out For: Cucho Hernández and Darlington Nagbe
While Cucho, Nagbe, and Santos gave D.C. trouble on their last visit to Columbus, Santos has switched sides. We’re interested to see how Nancy lines up the Crew today for his first home match.
Challenges: The faithful supporters at Lower.com Field are expected to max out attendance for the home opener, D.C. United will need to lean into their tough mentality as they chase 3 points.
Previously: The Black-and-Red won their home opener last weekend 3-2, with Ted Ku-DiPietro scoring the winning goal in the dying moments of the match against Toronto. The Crew wasn’t so lucky in their first match of the 2023 season, losing 4-1 in Philadelphia. In their last meeting on July 13, 2022, D.C. and the Crew played to a 2-2 draw at Audi Field. When D.C. last visited Columbus, they suffered a 3-0 loss – a scoreline they hope to flip this time around.
Columbus Crew Availability:
Out: Christian Ramirez (foot)
Questionable: Will Sands (back spasm)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Brendan Hines-Ike (foot), Martin Rodriguez (knee), Taxi Fountas (thigh)
Location: Lower.com Field, Columbus, Ohio
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV