Sports Park: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls @ RFK Stadium, 8/21/16

UnitedvRedBull

Season Record: 6-8-9 (27 points)

Nice! Your D.C. United took it to Portland last Saturday, winning 2-0, for a much needed win. Those three points landed them in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, just a point clear for a playoff spot.

This Sunday, August 21st the United battle the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are in 2nd place (36 pts) in the Eastern Conference, also winning on Saturday, so this is the team the United needs to get points from. Your D.C. United beat New York 2-0 the first time they played. They play a third and final time in NY on September 11th.

Unfortunately, I think this one turns into a draw.

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Audacious Assertion: United 2, Red Bulls 2

(My home picks so far: 3-4)

MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Sunday, August 21, 2016
3:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers @ RFK Stadium, 8/13/16

United vs Timbers

Season Record: 5-8-9 (24 points)

From defeat to draw! Your D.C. United scored a thrilling goal in stoppage time last Saturday (8/6) and salvaged a point against the Philadelphia Union.

Two home games. Two draws. Two points. Not what the doctor ordered, but any points are needed at this stage. The United remain in eighth place, two points removed from a playoff spot.

Next up, on Saturday, August 13th the United take on the Portland Timbers. Portland (32 pts) is in sixth place in the Western Conference, coming off a 3-0 win on Sunday.

I have a good feeling the United will get it done this weekend. Victory is beckoning.

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Audacious Assertion: United 2, Timbers 1
(My home picks so far: 2-4) Note: Three of my ‘losses’ were because the United tied the game instead of won.

MLS: Portland Timbers at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Saturday, August 13, 2016
7:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union @ RFK Stadium, 8/6/16

PHI-v-DC

Season Record: 5-8-8 (23 points)

Your D.C. United match up against the Philadelphia Union this Saturday, August 6th.

This is the second of four consecutive home games for the United, they played to a 1-1 draw last weekend against the Montreal Impact.

Philadelphia has owned the series this season, winning both previous games, 1-0 and 3-0. The Union sit tied for third place in the Eastern Conference (30 points). This is the final tilt between these two teams (outside the playoffs if they make it).

The United should be up to the task of winning this one, otherwise their playoff chances are slipping away.

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Audacious Assertion: United 1, Union 0

(My home picks so far: 2-3)

MLS: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Saturday, August 6, 2016
7:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. Montreal Impact @ RFK Stadium, 7/31/16

DC United's New Logo

Season Record: 5-8-7 (22 points)

Your D.C. United are in a bit of a funk, going 1-2-2 (5 points) in their last five games, including a 4-1 spanking by Toronto last Saturday, July 23rd.

Starting this Sunday, July 31st, the United play four straight home games (and eight overall remaining) and have a good chance to right the ship for a chance at a playoff spot. They are currently in 8th place in the Eastern Conference, looking to climb the ladder.

First up are the 4th place Montreal Impact (29 points). The United need this game, so I’m confident they will step up and get a result.

Álvaro Saborio continues to lead the United with 4 goals on the season, but they need a lot more goals if they want to make 2016 interesting.

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Audacious Assertion: United 2, Impact 1

(My home picks so far: 2-2)

MLS: Montreal Impact at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Sunday, July 31, 2016
6:30pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. New England Revolution @ RFK Stadium, 6/22/16

UnitedvRev

Season Record: 4-6-5 (17 points)

After a decent draw at Houston (we’ll take the point), your D.C. United return to RFK Stadium this Wednesday, June 22nd to host the New England Revolution.

The United are 1-1-0 against the 6th place Revolution this year and a mere two points back, so a positive result would vault them back into playoff consideration.

I don’t have words for the United’s shocking US Cup ouster on June 15th, other than to say now they can focus on making the MLS playoffs.

The biggest weakness this year is the goal scoring. With 14 goals in 15 games, the United ranks 18th (out of 20 teams) overall. Their defense is solid, tied for 3rd overall in Goals Against (16)

Wednesday’s game is the only home tilt until late July, so take advantage!

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Audacious Assertion: United 1, Revolution 0

(My home picks so far: 2-2)

MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
7:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders FC @ RFK Stadium, 6/1/16

DC United's New LogoSeason Record: 3-4-5 (13 points)

Your D.C. United soccer club is not sitting pretty in the standings. 7th place won’t get you in the playoffs. But too early to worry about that.

Now it’s time to focus on dominating the Eastern Conference, because let’s be honest, compared to the Western Conference, it’s terrible. The 1st place Eastern Conference team, Philadelphia (18 points), would be in 7th place in the Western Conference. Not even good enough for the playoffs.

So the United are capable of owning this conference, right?

But first they have to play three straight games against the Western Conference starting at Sporting Kansas City on May 27th. Then they play the Seattle Sounders FC at home on Wednesday, June 1st. The Sounders have struggled a bit this season and have a chip on their shoulder to get back into form. It should prove to be a good battle from two teams that need a win.

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Audacious Assertion: Sounders 2, United 1
(My picks so far: 1-2)

 

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
8:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls @ RFK Stadium, 5/13/16

D.C.-United---May-13

Season Record: 2-4-4 (10 points)

Your D.C. United were not inspired last Sunday, dropping a 2-0 game to NYC FC. Maybe they were too busy planning out gifts to give to their mothers.

The next home game is this Friday, May 13th, against the New York Red Bulls (the worst nickname in sports). The Red Bulls and United are tied for the 6th place spot in the Eastern Conference, so something has to give. Actually, I predict a draw.

In addition to soccer, this will be Star Wars night. Dress up! Get the force with you!

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Audacious Assertion: Draw: United 1, Red Bulls 1

(My picks so far: 1-1)

 

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MLS: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00pm
$20-55
All ages