D.C. United continues its road campaign in Atlanta, facing off against another United – the 5-Stripes. This will be the first meeting between D.C. and Atlanta this season, with the clubs sitting in 7th and 5th place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, respectively.
Atlanta United has drawn its last four matches but blew Colorado out of the water in mid-May with a 4-0 win at home. Now, Atlanta is coming off a midweek matchup with LAFC that ended in a scoreless draw. Will the Black-and-Red be able to capitalize on the opposition’s tired legs? We will see tonight.
Meanwhile, D.C. United will look to continue its winning ways on the road after besting Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale. Wayne Rooney will be looking for patience and consistency from his team as they go for another three points in Atlanta.
Donovan Pines, who has scored two goals in the last two matches, is confident D.C. United can get the job done against Atlanta. He said, “I think we just got to play, you know, our style. You know, not really change for Atlanta, but just keep playing ourselves, keep playing good defensively, stay tactically sound and defensively sound. I know we can do well against them.”
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Key Player: Christian Benteke
We have to say, the Black-and-Red are really becoming a class act. A goal or heroic feat can come from anywhere, and we are here for it. Christian Benteke still has our top vote as the danger man for D.C. United, though. His keen instincts continue to consistently deliver goal-scoring opportunities.
Watch Out For: Thiago Almada
Almada is another absolute danger on the pitch. He currently leads MLS with successful passes in the final third (326) and is second in goals and assists (15), bested only by Nashville’s Hany Mukhtar.
Challenges: D.C. United still has a pretty lengthy injury list. With Andy Najar and Ted Ku-DiPietro listed as questionable, the Black-and-Red will lack some depth, which is becoming more critical as the season wears on.
Previously: Atlanta got the better of D.C. United in both 2022 meetings, besting the Black-and-Red 0-1 at Audi Field and 3-2 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta United Availability:
Out: Ozzie Alonso (ACL recovery), Santiago Sosa (ankle)
Questionable: Erik Lopez (ankle)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Nigel Robertha (ankle), Mohanad Jeahze (thigh), Ruan (thigh)
Questionable: Andy Najar (thigh), Ted Ku-DiPietro (ankle)
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Filip Dujic
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV