D.C. United are looking for another win on the road against FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium. As for the Orange and Blue? They’re undefeated at home.
While the Black-and-Red are riding high on a prolonged win streak, having put in a 3-0 stunner against Charlotte FC last week, Cincinnati looks to shake off a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution.
Pat Noonan’s men are ones to beat, sitting at second in the MLS Eastern Conference Standings – just behind New England. Wayne Rooney knows this evening will be a test for the Black-and-Red. He told the media, “We know we’re in for a very difficult game… it’s a challenge for us. We’ve prepared for it. We know how we’re going to play. We know what our game plan is.”
One major sticking point? Rooney and the Black-and-Red will look to mitigate slow starts similar to last week’s against Charlotte. He explained, “I think for 25 to 30 minutes, we won the ball back, and we lost the ball within two or three passes, and we didn’t retain the ball at all. So that was very frustrating. I think, really, after 30 minutes, then we started to keep the ball a little bit more, and be a bit more patient with it and connect a few more passes which then it’s not coincidental. Once we’ve done that, we started getting into more advanced areas and dangerous areas and causing more problems. So yeah, it was a strange start for us and something that’s happened a few times now during the season. So we have to improve and make sure we try not to let that happen again.”
Let us know what you think ahead of tonight’s match. Will the Black-and-Red snag three more points on the road?
Key Player: Christian Benteke
What more can we say about Christian Benteke that hasn’t already been said in every other match preview? Benteke is simply the real deal. If last week’s bicycle doesn’t have you convinced, nothing will. He’s talented, dangerous on the pitch, and a source of positivity for the Black-and-Red. We love watching him play and are looking forward to seeing him continue to shine this season.
Watch Out For: Lucho Acosta and Yerson Mosquera
Acosta is intimately familiar with the workings of D.C. United, having played many seasons in Black-and-Red himself. He was Wayne Rooney’s partner on the pitch, one half of the infamous “LuchaRoo” that guaranteed a good time for D.C. United fans. Since his move to Cincinnati, Acosta hasn’t let off the gas. As for Mosquera, the defender was just named to MLS Team of the Matchday for his performance in Week 10. He not only scored the opening goal of last week’s match against New England but he’s also tied with Matt Miazga to lead the team in tackles.
Challenges: The Orange and Blue have a perfect record at home and look to remain unbeaten at TQL Stadium. While the Black-and-Red are in search of a third road win and to keep their win streak alive.
Previously: Last season was a mixed bag, with each team winning their away match. The Black-and-Red went 1-0, cashing in on an Ola Kamara penalty at the death to win in March of 2022. The Orange and Blue rocked D.C. United with a 5-2 Lucho Acosta-led goal fest in October.
FC Cincinnati Availability:
Out: Santiago Arias (thigh), Arquimides Ordoñez (international duty – GUA)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Nigel Robertha (ankle), Martín Rodríguez (knee), Pedro Santos (thigh), Steve Birnbaum (hip)
Location: TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Kickoff time:7:30 pm ET
Referee: Guido Gonzales Jr
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV