D.C. United takes on Real Salt Lake tonight, and we are mostly confident of their ability to get three points in this game, but with varying levels of skill. Let us know what you think will happen in the comments!
We welcome RSL to RFK on SATurday, and it's the return of Luis Silva to face off against the Black & Red who traded him just a couple weeks ago for Alvaro Saborio, who opened his DCU scoring account in his debut last weekend. This new tandem of Saborio and Espindola up top really did wonders, and look for that duo to strike again. A goal each from both of them + a Dykstra clean sheet = 2-0 to the good guys.
I don't remember the exact numbers, but attacking players that D.C. United acquires mid season are generally guaranteed for something on the scoresheet against their former club. Dwayne DeRosario scored in his first game after the trade from the New York Red Bulls, Luis Silva had two assists in his first three games against Toronto FC, Lionard Pajoy scored against the Philadelphia Union. So I've got to think D.C. beats Real Salt Lake 2-1 on goals from Alvaro Saborio and Nick DeLeon, while Luis Silva gets the RSL goal off the bench in a came that will be closer than most expect.
DCU takes out RSL, 2-1. The first goal is by RSL. DCU ties it up with a Saborio goal on a beautiful breakaway off of a Birnbaum lob -- which, when it happens, will give us visions of MLS Cup. Then Arnaud secures 3 points when he heads in a corner. Enter Doyle.
Since a 2-1 win in Bridgeview over the Fire on May 9, RSL have lost on the road to Montreal (4-1), LA (1-0), Vancouver (2-1), the Metros (1-0) and Colorado (3-1). In that time, they have won none and drawn none away from home, their five losses in five road games coming by a combined 11-2. They may have finally figured out their new 433 setup, but there's no reason to think they've figured out how to play outside of the RioT. Give me another home Black-and-Red W, 3-1, goals from Saborio, Birnbaum and Rolfe more than overcoming Javier Morales' strike.
RSL is, simply put, not a strong road team. 2W-2D-6L with only 6 goals scored reflects how much that side misses playing in Utah. I also liked what I saw from United in their clamping down on Chaco Maidana last week, so I think the Black-and-Red can build on that against Javier Morales. With United's stellar record at RFK, I think fans have every reason to expect another three points. Espindola scores twice and United stays organized at the back en route to a 2-0 victory.
D.C. United is a far better team at home than RSL is on the road, and they must be greedy for points. Also, Saborio and Espindola may be wanting to get some revenge over their former team. Give me a 2-1 victory for United, with goals by Chris Rolfe and Alvaro Saborio.