Welcome back! A rivalry match against the New York Red Bulls kicks off the return to regular season play for D.C. United.
For the rivals, it’s their 87th regular season meeting and first regular season meeting of 2023. While D.C. United is looking to hang onto a playoff spot, and the Red Bulls are looking to claw their way just a bit further up the Eastern Conference table.
Only four points separate the teams, so tonight is a must-win for the Black-and-Red.
Since the season has been on hiatus for the Leagues Cup, the Black-and-Red have signed fullback Eric Davis and forward José Fajardo in an effort to add some missing depth to the roster. With the recent departures of Taxi Fountas, Victor Pálsson, and Lewis O’Brien, the additions come at just the right time.
Will D.C. United claim all three points in New Jersey tonight? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Key Player: Christian Benteke
Benteke leads the Black-and-Red with 3.3 shots per match and has been rock solid up top this 2023 season. D.C. United will look to Benteke to strike early, but he will have to outwit Carlos Coronel, New York’s outstanding goalkeeper, so clinical finishing will be the requirement of the night.
Watch Out For: Omir Fernandez
Fernandez is tied for the honor of club-leading goalscorer with five goals across all competitions. His game-winner against NYCFC on August 3 was the go-ahead the New York Red Bulls needed to advance, proving his ability to deliver under pressure.
Challenges: The Red Bulls are hard to beat at home, with the second most wins (131) and most points (443) in the league at home. The pressure is on the Black-and-Red to take all three points on the road and hold onto their playoff spot.
Previously: D.C. United previously met the New York Red Bulls in May for the Open Cup and suffered a 1-0 loss. This is their first meeting in regular season play this year.
New York Red Bulls Availability:
Out: Serge Ngoma (hamstring), Lewis Morgan (hip), Steven Sserwadda (knee), Dylan Neals (hip)
Questionable: Cory Burke (hip)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (leg), Nigel Robertha (thigh), Mateusz Klich (red card)
Location: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Jon Freemon
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (tonight’s match is free to watch!)