It’s a late night for D.C. United as they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final stretch of the season.
The Black-and-Red have gone without a win in their past four matches, amping up the pressure as time to clinch a playoff spot evaporates. Most recently, a home loss to rival New York Red Bulls contributed to bumping D.C. below the playoff line despite Christian Benteke’s hat trick in the first half.
Every match is (and has been) a must-win for the Black-and-Red as they work to maintain focus and nab points. The Whitecaps are sitting in 6th in the Western Conference and will be coming into tonight’s match with the same must-win mentality, making D.C.’s job that much more difficult.
Will the Black-and-Red snap their winless streak and move up the Eastern Conference standings? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Key Player: Christian Benteke
Benteke is back in a big way for the Black-and-Red. Coming out of a midseason dip to return to form in a stellar way, the striker has been one of the most creative playmakers for D.C. in recent weeks.
Watch Out For: Brian White
White is up to 17 goals in all competitions, with 13 MLS goals so far this season. Alex Bono and D.C. United’s defense will need to keep a watchful eye on White if they hope to make it out of BC Place with a clean sheet.
Challenges: D.C. United is under incredible pressure to perform after a winless streak. The end of the regular MLS season is closing in fast, and points are more precious than ever as the Black-and-Red hope to clinch a playoff spot.
Previously: D.C. United hasn’t faced Vancouver since Wayne Rooney was a player at the club in August of 2019. Yordy Reyna scored the single goal to give the ‘Caps all three points at BC Place.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Availability:
Out: Thomas Hasal (patellar tendinopathy – season-ending injury)
Questionable: Ryan Gauld (left foot contusion), Luis Martins (left calf strain)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (ankle), Tyler Miller (shoulder – season-ending)
Suspended: Russell Canouse (yellow card accumulation)
Location: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC
Kickoff time: 10:30 pm ET
Referee: Drew Fischer
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV