D.C. United looks to return to winning ways after two draws and two losses in its last four matches. Previously, the Black-and-Red were on a four-match win streak that helped them swiftly ascend the Eastern Conference table.
LA Galaxy is looking to improve its form after a 2-0 loss to Columbus on Wednesday. The Galaxy has been struggling this 2023 season and currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference table with just 9 points.
Greg Vanney noted that during the match with Columbus, his team was “impatient defensively” and that Galaxy’s “backline was stretched out” as they tried to get to the Crew’s wingbacks. We will see if D.C. can exploit these weaknesses or if LA has learned its lesson.
After a 0-0 draw with Philadelphia, the Black-and-Red are on the hunt for 3 points, and Wayne Rooney isn’t taking the Galaxy lightly despite their standing in the West.
He told the media, “We can’t afford to get complacent, and we know LA Galaxy are a good team and probably deserves to be higher up in the league than what they are. They’ve had some good performances, and they’ve got some really good players, some good individuals who can hurt you. So we have to be at our best to win the game on Saturday.”
We’re ready. Are you?
Check out this gem while we wait for the whistle:
Key Player: Christian Benteke
Veteran striker Benteke may just be key this evening to taking advantage of LA Galaxy’s defensive impatience. Benteke’s creativity and physicality will pose a threat to the Galaxy and hopefully spell three points for the Black-and-Red.
Watch Out For: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández
The DP has been vocal about the need for something to change this season to put the Galaxy back on track. After a long absence due to injury, he returned to training at the end of March and has helped his team find joy on the pitch by contributing to their first win of the season against Austin in April alongside Riqui Puig.
Challenges: The Black-and-Red injury list is growing longer. With key players unavailable and tired legs, will D.C. United be able to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings?
Previously: The last time D.C. and LA met at Audi Field in 2019, the Black-and-Red emerged as the better side, winning 2-1.
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Nigel Robertha (ankle), Mohanad Jeahze (thigh), Steven Birnbaum (hip), Andy Najar (calf)
Pedro Santos (thigh), Taxi Fountas (thigh), Ruan (thigh)
LA Galaxy Availability:
Out: Séga Coulibaly (knee), Douglas Costa (lower leg), Chris Mavinga (lower leg)
Location: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV