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)

 

Or find a future game from the season schedule.

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

Sports Park: D.C. United vs. New York City FC @ RFK Stadium, 5/8/16

UnitedvNYFC

Season Record: 2-4-3 (10 points)

After a win against New England at home and a draw on the road against Chicago, your D.C. United have moved up to 5th place.

They next play New York City FC this Sunday. Both squads are tied with the exact same record.

Fabian Espindola and Álvaro Saborio lead the team with three goals each. I predict they both net a goal this Sunday!

D.C. United are riding high, so they should have no problem taking down New York.

Get your tickets here. Get them now!

 

Audacious Assertion: United 3, NYC FC 1

(My picks so far: 1-0)

 

Or find a future game from the season schedule.

MLS: New York City FC at D.C. United
RFK Stadium
Sunday, May 8, 2016
7:30pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: DC United vs. New England Revolution @ RFK Stadium, 4/23/16

UnitedvRev

Season Record: 1-3-3 (6 points)

Your DC United couldn’t net a goal last Saturday after Toronto punched in a goal in the first minute of the match, so they fell 1-0 and remain at 6 points on the season. This was the third time they’ve failed to score in 2016. Despite the loss, the United are 12-8-4 against the Canadians all-time.

This Saturday, April 23rd, they host their third straight home game, this time against the New England Revolution. The Revs are 5th overall in the Eastern Conference at a mere 8 points, after going undefeated over their last four games. A victory by the United would vault them ahead in the table.

The Revolution will be looking for a bit of revenge in this game, since DC United bested them in the knockout round of last year’s playoffs, 2-1.

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Or find a future game from the season schedule.

Audacious Assertion: United 2, Revolution 0

 

Editor’s Rant: The MLS is expanding to 24 teams by 2018 and 28 teams by 2020. Fine, the sport is taking off and many cities love their team (Seattle, anyone?). In the next few years, we’ll get teams like Los Angeles FC, Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC. Let me repeat the last two. Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC. That’s absolutely terrible. Two more teams with the name United?!? Is there no such thing as originality? Did DC United not protest loud enough? Bah.

MLS: New England Revolution at DC United
RFK Stadium
Saturday, April 23, 2016
5:30pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: DC United vs. Toronto FC @ RFK Stadium, 4/16/16

United_v_Toronto

Season Record: 1-2-3 (6 points)

Your DC United put a hearty four goals to nil beat-down of the unmighty Vancouver Whitecaps this past Saturday.

It’s only one game, but you can’t help but feel just a whole lot better about the United getting their first win in impressive fashion.

Fabián Espíndola was named the MLS Player of the Week with two of the goals, while Álvaro Saborío also punched in the other two goals.

Now your DC United take on another of Canada’s finest this Saturday, 4/16. They face Toronto FC, who sit a mere single point behind the United in the standings.

Time to start climbing higher.

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MLS: Toronto FC at DC United
RFK Stadium
Saturday, April 16, 2016
5:00pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: DC United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps @ RFK Stadium, 4/9/16

DC United's New LogoSeason Record: 0-2-3 (3 points)

Well, well. Not a prodigious start for DC United. Five games into the 2016 season, and they have zero wins. In 2015 they started strong, with a 3-1-1 (10 points) record after the first five games.

This Saturday they play the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are no slouches, and need a result to start to turn the tide. Vancouver finished in 2nd place in the Western Conference last year and are in 6th place this season with 7 points.

The only offensive bright spot for the United so far is Lamar Neagle’s one goal and one assist. They only have three goals total.

This upcoming game also comes amid some controversy with the supporter groups (DC United recently banned a fan for a year for using smoke during the March 26th game.)

It’s not time to panic, but it is time to rise up and really play some football (or soccer).

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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at DC United
RFK Stadium
Saturday, April 9, 2016
5:30pm
$20-55
All ages

Sports Park: DC United @ CONCACAF Champions League, 3/1/16

CONCACAF Champions League

The U.S. Doesn’t Produce Champions and Other Soccer Statements

Clubs from Mexico have dominated the CONCACAF Champions League. (Note: CONCACAF stands for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.)

In fact, no other country has won this 24 soccer club competition since they changed the format in 2008 (to emulate the far more popular and successful European version known as the UEFA Champions League).

This particular competition suffers from a lack of true interest north of Mexico. Few in the U.S. follow and fewer still can be roused enough to cheer their Major League Soccer (MLS) team on to victory.

Eight teams remain in the 2015-2016 edition. Four U.S. clubs vs. four Mexican clubs. The team with the highest aggregate score over two games (home/away) advances to the next round.

Your DC United just happens to be one of the remaining U.S. clubs!

They play the second leg of the Quarterfinals tonight, March 1st, at RFK Stadium against the Mexican side, Club Queretaro. So rouse yourself and get your tickets now!

DC United lost 2-0 on the road to Queretaro last week, so they have their work cut out for them. But you already knew that. Let’s see if the U.S. has what it takes.

 

CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals: DC United (USA) vs. Club Queretaro (Mexico)
RFK Stadium
Tuesday, March 1
8:00pm
$20-55
All ages