It is the magic of the Concacaf Champions League, and it is happening tonight at RFK Stadium. We're very confident that D.C. United can take care of buisness against Montego Bay United FC, but let us know what you think will happen in the comments!
Even though United got, well, United-ed on the weekend, failing to convert their chances while allowing goals on their opponents' first to shots on target, I expect better from the reserve-heavy side we're sure to see against a poor MoBay team. 3-0 to the hosts on first half goals from Coria and Pontius and a second half Doyle-azo.
MoBay United comes in needing points to right the ship after being exposed in Panama. Look for them to try and employ some speed to try and get attackers into scoring positions, but also look for the Black & Red to shut their attack down. Give me 2-0 DCU, goals from Party Boy and Martin.
After winning possibly their hardest game in CONCACAF group play (on the road at Panama), D.C. hosts a Montego Bay United side that even by its new Coach's admission has a tough task in front of them. You know, preseason, facing a team in much fitter shape, on the road, in CCL play. Of course you know. 2-0 D.C., Arrieta and Pontius with goals.
Montego Bay had their moments in the first half of their first CCL game, but defensively they looked extremely vulnerable. The first goal required Arabe Unido to complete one give-and-go to cover 60 yards up the center of the field, while the second featured a disastrous piece of goalkeeping. United should be able to take advantage of similar issues. Chris Pontius scores before half an hour is gone, and Kofi Opare heads in a corner kick just after halftime. Jairo Arrieta pads that lead, but the visitors pull one back very late. 3-1 DCU.
Even for a fully rotated team, this should be a win for D.C. United. We might even see a rested Steve Birnbaum. I see a 2-0 win, an appearance by Collin Martin, and a lot of CONCACAFing. Now, about this weekend...
Forget about that game against the Quakes. This is pretty different, and that includes the final score. DCU won't accept anything other than a solid win in this one, so give me 3-0 to the home side. Goals from Party Boy, Arrieta, and a stupid/great one from Doyle.
Reserves? Concacaf? No problem. D.C. United just gets the job done in the CCL, so I'm going to go with a 2-0 victory for the forces of good and truth. Jalen Robinson nets his first goal for D.C. United, and Miguel Aguilar continues his good play too.