It’s a busy week in MLS with midweek matchups galore. Tonight, D.C. United host CF Montréal at Audi Field in their second meeting of the 2023 season.
The Black-and-Red have returned home after a 2-1 loss in Toronto that had Wayne Rooney vocally disappointed in his team’s performance. D.C. will look to turn things around at home in front of their steadfast supporters.
Rooney said, “If you want to be a good team and compete, it’s no good doing it for two or three games. You have to do it consistently.” Tonight is a test as the Black-and-Red look to shake off Saturday’s disappointment and work to develop the consistent performances that will carry them through the remainder of the season.
As for Montréal, Hernán Losada’s men just bested Inter Miami 1-0 at home, a second-half goal from Chinonso Offor locking in three points. Trailing D.C. United by one point in the Eastern Conference standings, the Bleu-Blanc-Noir seek their third consecutive win (in all competitions). However, they’ve only won a single match away from home this season.
Losada indicated that the Black-and-Red should expect to see a different CF Montréal team this evening, saying, “There’s been an evolution. We’re not the same team we were at the start of the season. We’re not the same team that lost 1-0 at Stade Saputo to them last time, our only loss at home. We’re more positive, and I think there’s a lot of positive energy in the group. There’s more cohesion between the players too.”
We’ll see how it all shakes out tonight!
Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping to see during tonight’s match and your predictions. We look forward to chatting with you in the comments during the match!
Key Player: Christian Benteke
Benteke continues to be the keystone of D.C. United’s attack, consistently putting the team on the scoreboard and being a difference-maker in difficult situations.
Watch Out For: Chinonso Offor
Offor leads Montréal in goalscoring this season with three goals across 14 matches. Will he give D.C. United’s backline trouble tonight?
Challenges: The Black-and-Red’s injury list is growing. Russell Canouse is a new addition after a nasty collision with C.J. Sapong in D.C.’s match against Toronto.
Previously: D.C. United dealt CF Montréal their only home loss of the season during the teams’ last meeting in mid-April.
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Nigel Robertha (ankle), Mohanad Jeahze (thigh), Ruan (thigh), Russell Canouse (head)
Questionable: Cristian Dajome (knee), Luis Zamudio (thigh)
CF Montréal Availability:
Out: Samuel Piette (adductor), Mason Toye (left knee), Romell Quioto (hamstring)
Location: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV