I feel like I’ve said this rather a lot this season, but...let’s just forget the last game, shall we? D.C. United played the Seattle Sounders, and it’s my understanding that things happened, and that is that.
The boys are back in town now, though, and it’s been a good while since we had a game at RFK but I’m not sure too many of us missed it. Anyway, the Houston Dynamo are the visitors today, and they should feel right at home in this swampy heat.
We’re hopeful that this one won’t turn out quite as badly as Wednesday’s game.
Donald Wine II
First off, everyone stay safe and cool out there for the match. Drink plenty of water and do what you can to beat the oppressive heat. Houston’s coming in with results in four of their past five matches (one win, three draws). They’ve played fairly well as they sit in third place in the West, though they haven’t won on the road. Meanwhile, the Black-and-Red just don’t have a lot of answers for how we’ve been playing lately. With the heat being intense Saturday, expect a sluggish performance from both sides that opens up late. In the end, it doesn’t even matter…we get a goal from Deshorn Brown, but Houston scores three and wins 3-1.
I'm a bit torn. On the one hand, the first half in Seattle was the stuff of late 2016. On the other hand... we lived through the second half in Seattle, and it's not like the quick turnaround and 2,800-mile return flight is going to do much to alleviate the fatigue that played some role in United's collapse. On a third, heretofore undiscovered hand, the Dynamo just don't win on the road this year. I think Saturday plays to all the narratives: Los Capitalinos jump out to a two-goal lead through Luciano Acosta and Patrick Nyarko—Deshorn Brown assisting on both—only to give one back before halftime. The equalizer comes midway through the second 45, and both teams drag to the whistle as the heat and humidity smother things. 2-2.
Houston is possibly the worst team in MLS away from home, which is exactly what United needs after the horrors of Wednesday and the long flight home that comes with playing in Seattle. The Dynamo don't have most of their best attacking players, either, and that should be enough. Patrick Nyarko buries a header at the back post early, and Deshorn Brown makes it 2-0 before the break. United spurns chances to make it 3-0, and RFK gets nervous when Houston scratches out a goal via Mauro Manotas in the 70th minute. This time, mercifully, there's no soul-destroying comeback loss because it's just too hot out for the Dynamo to make more of a late push. United wins 2-1.
The choke job in Seattle was terrible, and even if DCU is back at the familiar confines of RFK, the wounds are still fresh. United may keep Houston at bay for much of the match, but a second half goal from Mauro Manotas rubs some salt in those Seattle wounds. 1-0 Houston. But hey, D.C. has Minnesota next!
Honestly if DCU don’t get three points from this one...............................I don’t even know. Just get the win. Just win. It’s hot, it’s the first home game in weeks, it’s a terrible season. Just. Win. 2-1 would do it.
What do you think will happen in tonight’s game? Share your prediction in the comments, but don’t forget to take the day’s silly poll!
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A swamp monster has risen from the Anacostia and is seeking refuge in RFK
All the beer in the surrounding area has been stolen and we have to face DCU soccer sober
Losing team has to play the rest of their games with every player out of position
Video replay is here! But it only plays old episodes of Seinfeld