Fam, you may have noticed that there were no predictions for the game against Houston, which was because I forgot about them, but I feel the less said about that game the better.
Moving on to this one—the team's back at home, and we're (mostly) feeling like we're looking at a win. None of that hella boring 0-0 nonsense.
A D.C. United home game usually means that good things will happen, even if Kei Kamara happens to be on the other side of the field. With Alhaji Kamara likely to get his first start alongside Luciano Acosta, I'm feeling confident. Give me a 2-0 statement win, with Acosta and the good Kamara splitting the scoresheet.
This game being moved to Saturday means an extra 72 hours rest for the Black-and-Red. I think that rest pays off. Behind goals from Kamara and DeLeon and powered by Bill Hamid once again going HAM between the sticks, it's a 2-0 victory to the good guys.
It shouldn't take more than a competent performance to beat the Revs at RFK, and that's what I think we'll get from the Black-and-Red. United will generally manage not to turn the ball over in their own half, and Bill Hamid will save them when they do. Lucho Acosta runs past the defense and pulls it back for an Alhaji Kamara finish. Good guys win 1-0.
United has had New England's number for a while now. Since the start of last season, they've won all three times the Revs have come to RFK (while also managing 2 road draws in Massachusetts). Across those 5 games, the Revolution have scored just 3 goals. United has more or less done the same thing to New England every time, and Jay Heaps has not figured it out.
I expect that to continue Saturday, with United surviving an uneasy start before taking the lead via Alhaji Kamara. New England's more famous Kamara will strike back early in the second half, but United goes on to win the game by scoring their first set piece goal in ages. Kofi Opare's late goal gives United a 2-1 win.
I was initially unsure about what to think about this game, but with New England securing a road win over the Vancouver Whitecaps and the late news that D.C. will be missing Bobby Boswell for Saturday's game, considering the Revs have 6'3" Kei Kamara, they can also run 6'2" Teal Bunbury or 6'1" Juan Agudelo at second center back, the diminutive 5'9" Jalen Robinson, and I think all the good defense in the world (and it's been good for DC) won't be able to stop the Revs. 2-1 New England, with a late Fabian Espindola goal to give fans hope before it dashes.
Bill Hamid is going to own this game. And because he's going to own this game, the Revs aren't getting on the board. I don't think that means it'll be totally comfortable, though, so I'll say it's a 1-0 win to the Black-and-Red, with the lone goal from Alhaji Kamara.
What do you think? Share your prediction in the comments!