After a less than stellar showing against Atlanta United on Saturday, D.C. United are back at it just a few days later with their second ever game at Audi Field. And this one is bound to be interesting—not only are the Black-and-Red facing their biggest rival in the New York Red Bulls, but the weather is likely to give us a rain game.
Wednesday + rain = assured win, right?
Donald Wine II
The last time the Red Bulls came to D.C., it was to close down RFK last October. Then, they spoiled the party by taking a win home with them. They ain’t spoiling the party this time around. Darren Mattocks and Yamil Asad both add to their team-leading totals, and Wayne Rooney gets his first goal. BWP will add two for Red Bull, his 100th and 101st in MLS, but they won’t be enough as it’s 3-2 to the Black-and-Red.
It is a rough four days for D.C. United, having to play two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. But they get a second game at Audi Field, and a game with Wayne Rooney and his new teammates having more time to work together. But without improvement from the back line, preventing goals from high scoring teams is going to be a problem, and Bradley Wright-Phillips has shown no sign of slowing down. 2-2 draw as Rooney gets his first goal.
The Metros are a middling team at best on the road. They have four wins to match their four losses in nine away fixtures, and they have just one win in their last five on the road. That bodes well for a team that’s UNDEFEATED AT HOME THIS SEASON [/sarcasm]. There will be goals in this one, four to be precise. Lucky for D.C., three of those will be by the Black-and-Red. Give me a Rooney brace sandwiching an Asad goal, and a 3-1 win.
Rain game? Rain game! These are (obviously) two very different teams than the versions of United and the Metros that played one of the funnest games ever at RFK Stadium a bit over six years ago. But what the hell, let’s go for the same 4-1 scoreline this time. No hat tricks in this one, but United get out front early through Paul Arriola and quickly double up via Darren Mattocks, with Luciano Acosta playing provider on both scores. Rooney comes on and scores his first for D.C.—from the penalty spot—in the second half. Kaku does Kaku things to set up BWP’s century goal, but Rooney scores another to finish things off. (Anyway, I really, really hope it’s that kind of rain game, and not the D.C.-Houston kind of rain game.)
The Red Bulls have won five of their last six games, but a closer look at the schedule points out that four of those games were at home. In their last four trips away from New Jersey, they’re a far more mediocre 1W-1D-2L. It feels like a work in progress since transitioning to Chris Armas as their head coach, and that should continue on Buzzard Point. United should rotate Darren Mattocks back in, and I suspect he’s going to produce a big game, opening the scoring midway through the first half on a cross from Zoltan Stieber. Early in the second half, Mattocks will get in behind before laying off for Luciano Acosta to make it 2-0. United can’t keep shutouts this year, so eventually BWP will get the Metros on the board, but United will keep enough of the ball to prevent a siege of David Ousted’s goal in the late stages. 2-1 DCU.
Having little to go on since Chris Armas is still trying to do strange things to his lineup (Tyler Adams at outside mid being one of those), and knowing the Crew is on the horizon Saturday and jonesing to get some ground on them, I feel like Armas and Ben Olsen will do a touch of rotating, and I think Darren Mattocks and Zoltan Stieber continue to pile the goals in in a 2-1 win with BWP getting whatever that goal is that Metros fans are pining over right now. Wayne Rooney subs on and looks OK as he sharpens his teeth towards Saturday and the Colorado Rapids.
Oh hell yeah let’s do this. Honestly if this combination of things—rain, rivals, only the second game at Audi Field and the second of three games in seven days—doesn’t produce a win, then I don’t know. It just must be so. And goals are definitely happening. Give me 3-2 to the good guys, with Stieber, Asad, and Rooney (yes, Rooney!) scoring for the Black-and-Red. I don’t care who scores the Red Bulls goals, because Red Bulls.
How do you think things will go down tonight? Share your prediction in the comments, but you know that first there’s a silly poll for you.
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