D.C. United takes on Austin FC as the regular season races toward a finale. This will be the second road match in a row for the Black-and-Red as they come off a disappointing 2-2 draw with Vancouver on Saturday.
The Black-and-Red still sit in a precarious 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, making every point precious. There are only two remaining matches for D.C. to secure a playoff spot. Austin is similarly in a must-win situation, landing at 12th place in the West. If Austin loses any of their remaining home matches, it’s season over.
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Key Player: Christian Benteke
D.C. United’s striker has been on fire, scoring four goals in his last two matches. We’re hoping Benteke keeps up the momentum tonight, and the Black-and-Red’s defense keeps Austin’s attack at bay.
Watch Out For: Emiliano Rigoni
With Sebastian Driussi questionable for tonight’s match, it will likely be on Argentinian striker Rigoni to lead the charge against Alex Bono and D.C. United’s defense.
Challenges: It’s a packed week for the Black-and-Red and their second match on the road. It’s all high pressure from here on out, and D.C. has to produce results to stay in the game.
Previously: D.C. and Austin have only met once – a dramatic 2-3 loss on April 16, 2022, at Audi Field. Austin scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the match to claim three points.
Austin FC Availability:
Out: Žan Kolmanič (right ACL)
Questionable: Sebastian Driussi (right hamstring), Maxi Urruti( left knee), Gyasi Zardes(right hamstring)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (ankle), Tyler Miller (shoulder), Brendan Hines-Ike (head)
Location: Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX
Kickoff time: 8:30 pm ET
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV