We’re back! If you’ve felt like it’s been an age since D.C. United’s last regular season MLS match, you’re not alone.
Today, the Black-and-Red face Chicago Fire in their first regular season match since May 28. D.C. fell to the Red Bulls in a devastating 4-1 loss before heading into the international break.
Now, D.C. United returns, ready to flip the script on a tough start to the season. They start a new chapter tonight.
Here’s what head coach Chad Ashton had to say:
With lessons learned from our first meeting, Chad Ashton expects a different type of match against Chicago this time around.#CHIvDC | #VamosUnited— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 17, 2022
Key Players: Taxi Fountas
The Black-and-Red now have another dangerous player to bolster their attack. The Fire will need to watch out for the synergy created by Fountas and Ola Kamara, Fountas and Julian Gressel, Fountas and... well you get the idea. Taxi Fountas has been able to link up with any number of D.C. United players to infuse the attack with that extra bit of “oomph.”
Watch Out For: Kacper Przybyłko
Xherdan Shaqiri, the Liverpool alum, and Przybylko are Chicago’s top scorers, being responsible for almost half of the season’s goals. While Shaqiri is listed as out for tonight’s matchup (right thigh), Przybylko remains available.
Challenges: Many players are either unavailable or questionable for tonight’s match. D.C. United have brought in Rio Hope-Gund to bolster the lineup. Hope-Gund is available for tonight’s match against Chicago.
D.C. United have acquired defender Rio Hope-Gund on a four-day loan from @USLChampionship affiliate @LoudounUnitedFC. https://t.co/Dj2tVb87br— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 18, 2022
Previously: D.C. United suffered a home defeat on March 12, 2022, when Chicago Fire came to call, losing 2-0.
Out: Adrien Perez (foot), Moses Nyeman (thigh), Chris Odoi-Atsem (ankle), Theodore Ku-Dipietro (thigh), Jacob Greene (thigh), Hayden Sargis (illness)
Questionable: Bill Hamid (illness), Russell Canouse (thigh)
Out: Chris Brady (international duty), Kendall Burks (right knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (right thigh), Miguel Navarro (health & safety protocols)
Questionable: Jairo Torres (left hip)
If you’re in Chicago: Check out the match day guide for giveaways, tailgate information, and more
Location: Soldier Field in Chicago, IL
Kickoff time: 8:00 pm ET
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Available TV: UniMás, TUDN
Available streaming: Twitter
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