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On the road again...

After a rousing home opener at Audi Field against the Vancouver Whitecaps, D.C. United are on a brief road trip to take on Atlanta United FC this weekend. The Black-and-Red still sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference while Atlanta are up at the top, but DCU are also coming off some sweet “maybe we can actually be good?” momentum and are fully aware how vital every point is in the back half of this season.

That said, we’re not really seeing a win for the good guys out of this one. Alas.

Donald Wine II

DCU returns to the road after a successful Audi Field opener. I think the team has really found the jolt in the arm it needs at the right time. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s form has slowed down lately, and they’re not playing as well at home as they were at the beginning of the season. Can United get a result here? I think so. It will be an all-out assault on Oneil Fisher, as Tata Martino will employ the same game plan we saw back in March. Miguel Almiron and Ezequiel Barco will benefit, scoring for Atlanta. However, the Black-and-Red will get two of their own, with Yamil Asad scoring in his return and Zoltan Stieber grabbing the equalizer late. 2-2 draw, and DC United gets a vital point on the road against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Adam Taylor

Progress is very rarely linear. There will be starts and stops, and setbacks, along the way for any team or individual. I think we see the wrong side of that down south this weekend. Yamil Asad starts things off right with another early goal to put the Black-and-Red ahead. But Miguel Almiron takes Chris Durkin to school to set up Tito Villalba and score one of his own and put Atlanta up 2-1 at the half. Both sides exchange tallies after the break, but los Capitalinos can’t quite come back and reassert their dominance over the Interlopers United. 3-2 ATL.

Ryan Keefer

Atlanta will be missing Darlington Nagbe and Greg Garza to injury, and probably should have been missing Josef Martinez and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez for supplemental discipline (as of this writing, no suspensions for their respective headbutts and elbows have been announced). I have a nagging suspicion Chris Durkin may not be alone in the middle trying to deal with the Five Stripes’ attack, so perhaps if a formational 4-2-3-1 tweak occurs, perhaps this may be enough to deal with a reeling Atlanta team (as much as one can be) at the moment?

Probably not. 4-2 Atlanta, Almiron and Martinez with braces, Asad and Arriola keep their streaks rolling, as D.C. starts a three game in eight day stretch on the wrong foot.


I’ve seen a few recent tweets having to do with home form or other similar numbers that suggest D.C. United can make the playoffs, and I expect this game to throw a little water on that. With home games against the Metros and Rapids coming in short order, I think we may see a little bit of rotation to keep players more fresh for the home games. Josef Martinez scores two, Miguel Almiron scores one more, and Yamil Asad gets a consolation goal to make it a 3-1 Atlanta win.

Jason Anderson

I held off on predicting this one until we found out what MLS was going to do about Josef Martinez, and what they did was sign off on headbutting, so that’s cool. As a result, United faces the guy who is on track to break the league’s all-time scoring record, which...I’d have rather seen Romario Williams, put it that way. Atlanta is actually kind of showing some vulnerability to road teams hunkering down and playing very defensive soccer since Darlington Nagbe got hurt last month.

Unfortunately, United isn’t really good at playing that way in 2018, so I suspect we’ll see D.C. forced into a track meet by a Martinez goal in the first 25 minutes. The Black-and-Red will have a reply, with Yamil Asad scoring against his old club, but they’ll go in at halftime down 2-1 on a strike from Tito Villalba. United will again equalize, this time through Darren Mattocks, and will threaten when Wayne Rooney enters the game, but ultimately I suspect last week’s luck on defensive set pieces runs out. Julian Gressel nods in from a late corner to send the only good United to a 3-2 defeat.

Leanne Elston

I’m in agreement that we’re likely to see goals in this one, as both teams have made it clear they’re capable of that, and I also fully expect DCU to give us some hope of a great result before ultimately falling to the home side. We go into halftime at 1-1, but Atlanta score two more before our guys grab a late consolation. 3-2 Atlanta.

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