It’s all or nothing tonight for D.C. United against NYCFC. It will take a convincing result at Audi Field to keep the Black-and-Red’s playoff hopes alive.
Just one point separates NYCFC and D.C. United as they sit in 10th and 11th place in the Eastern Conference, respectively. Tonight will simply come down to who is more hungry for a playoff spot – and officiating, of course. One call has the potential to make all the difference.
D.C. United will need every ounce of grit and determination to produce a result, then results on their side to slide into a playoff spot. D.C. will have to shake off the last disappointing result in Austin and remain tenacious on the attack to capitalize on an NYCFC team that has been struggling to find the back of the net.
Ultimately, for the Black-and-Red, it will largely come down to reckoning with themselves.
It all comes down to this. pic.twitter.com/U2YDaVq38i— D.C. United (@dcunited) October 6, 2023
Let us know in the comments who you think will take all three points tonight and what you’re thinking about D.C. United’s playoff hopes!
Key Player: Christian Benteke
Benteke has reliably been D.C.’s danger man for this final stretch of the season, and we don’t expect tonight to be any different. We’re just hoping that another hat trick or similar effort won’t go to waste!
Watch Out For: Santi Rodríguez
We’ll echo Matthew Mangam in our earlier interview with Hudson River Blue, Rodríguez has been in good form and could certainly give D.C.’s defense trouble tonight.
Challenges: The Black-and-Red really need to overcome themselves. The squad has talent, that’s undeniable, but the devil is in the details. Clinical finishing and avoiding defensive mistakes will be essential to pulling off a win tonight.
Previously: The Black-and-Red last met NYCFC at Yankee Stadium in March, where they lost 3-2.
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Martin Rodriguez (knee), Mohanad Jeahze (ankle), Tyler Miller (shoulder)
Out: Maxi Moralez (lower body)
Location: Audi Field, Washington, DC
Kickoff time: 7:30 pm ET
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV