D.C. United travels to Harrison, New Jersey, today to take on the New York Red Bulls in a game that they desperately need. Currently out of the playoffs, United need to make up ground on Orlando City SC, who play later today against the LA Galaxy. New York has not been kind to them recently, with the heartbreaking loss to New York City FC in their last game.
United will also have to do try and beat the Red Bulls without their best offensive player, Luciano Acosta, who is suspended for yellow card accumulation; his midfield partner, Jared Jeffrey, is also out with a concussion suffered early in the first half against NYCFC. That leaves Marcelo Sarvas as the only regular starter in central midfield, and a big hole to replace. Rob Vincent will slide into Jeffrey’s place, playing actually deeper than Marcelo and allowing him to get forward more. Nick DeLeon is the most likely substitute for Luciano Acosta, though Julian Buescher will surely get a look as well.
Key Player: Marcelo Sarvas
Marcelo is going to have to boss the midfield for D.C. United to have a chance in this game, connecting the back line with the wings and then into the attack. If Dax McCarty and Felipe Martins can shut down the midfield and leave Lloyd Sam and Patrick Nyarko out to dry, it will be a long day indeed for United.
Location: Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)
Kickoff time: 1:00pm Eastern
Available TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Available Streaming: WatchESPN
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Our gamethread will be posted one hour before kickoff.