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Finally: Audi Field!

Audi Field? Audi Field!

At long last, D.C. United’s extended road trip is coming to an end and Audi Field is open for business. The Vancouver Whitecaps are in town to help inaugurate the Black-and-Red’s new home, and although much of everyone’s attention is focused on the stadium itself, there is still a soccer game to be played.

Oh, and also some guy called Wayne Rooney is probably going to make his debut.

So let’s make some predictions, shall we?

Donald Wine II

It’s going to be a sold out crowd at Audi Field for the opener, and the team is going to break in the new digs in style. We won’t have to wait long to get Audi Field’s first ever goal, and it will be Darren Mattocks with the strike in the 15th minute. Yamil Asad will add one late in the first half. Finally, you guessed it...Wayne Rooney will grab one on his debut. The fans are going to come excited and they’re going to leave happy with a 3-1 victory over the Whitecaps.

Ryan Keefer

2-2. Wazza gets a goal to assuage the locals, and Yamil Asad matches him. Wazza doesn’t play defense though, so Kei Kamara and Alphonso Davies take care of the Canucks.

Jason Anderson

Neither of these teams can defend, so I expect a ton of chances...but not an abnormal number of goals. Look for United to take a lead via Yamil Asad (on an assist from starter Wayne Rooney), but the Whitecaps get a deflating goal right before halftime from Yordy Reyna. Both goalkeepers will be busy, but David Ousted will show his old club how silly they were for cutting him loose, and Darren Mattocks will make a statement by grabbing a dramatic late winner. 2-1 United.

Leanne Elston

I’s the home opener at DCU’s new stadium. It’s a win, guys. And you know what? Sure, Rooney gets a goal. So do two other good guys, although a bad guy slips one in as well and it ends 3-1.

Adam Taylor

There will be goals in this one. I see United getting on the board first to properly christen the new building. Yamil Asad and Darren Mattocks for a turnover deep in Vancouver’s half, and the ball finds its way to Paul Arriola who goes down as the first goal scorer at Buzzard Point. Vancouver does their counterattack thing later in the first half, Alphonso Davies creating danger for Kei Kamara to convert. Mattocks scores the eventual game-winner, set up by Zoltan Stieber, just before Rooney enters in the second half, and the highest paid player in club history adds an insurance goal late to cap a 3-1 win for the good guys.


He’s coming home, he’s coming home, he’s coming. Blasian’s coming home. He’s coming home, he’s coming home, he’s coming. Blasian’s coming home. 2-1 United. I don’t even care who scores.

Are you pumped for the Audi Field opener? What’s your prediction for the game? Let it all out in the comments, but stop by the silly poll first!


Let’s pivot to the World Cup for a second. France or Croatia?

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