April 19, 2021

D.C. United Analysis: United face tough five-game run prior to World Cup break

For a team that, through 10 matches, has only played Western Conference opponents twice, separating a five-game part of the schedule and highlighting it as not only difficult, but key to D.C. United’s season, might seem a little much given how it compares to the schedule D.C. has already played.

But after failing to beat Major League Soccer’s worst team in Saturday night’s 1-1 home draw to the Montreal Impact, United now faces a five-game run of Eastern opponents that ends on June 10 in Montreal, United’s final match before a two-and-a-half-week World Cup break. The stretch starts at home Wednesday night, when United takes on the Houston Dynamo. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 8 Recap: Goals early and late seal United’s fate at Portland

For about 92 minutes, maybe 92 minutes, 30 seconds, D.C. United didn’t play spectacularly, but the club probably played well enough to win at the Portland Timbers late Saturday night. Surely during that time, United played well enough at least to earn a draw and a valuable road point. Instead, however, United gave up goals in the first minute and the final minute in a 3-2 loss before 20,814 at Providence Park. Gastón Fernández notched the goal about 35 seconds in to give the Timbers the lead and Maximiliano Urruti scored on a rebound in the final minute of stoppage time.

The loss ended United’s five-match unbeaten streak and dropped the Major League Soccer club back to .500 on the season at 3-3-2 (11 points). A win would have lifted United into a first-place tie in the Eastern Conference with the New England Revolution, winners at Toronto Saturday. Instead, United sit in a four-team logjam for third place. The win was Portland’s (1-3-5, 8 points) first of the season. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 12 Recap: United blanked at home by Portland Timbers

Another new lineup, another match, another shutout, another loss. It seems no matter what D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen tries, and no matter who plays, there is nothing that will lead to United to a victory – something that’s happened just once this season and not at all since March 9.

United slipped to 1-9-2 on the Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 loss to the Portland Timbers before 14,131 at RFK Stadium Saturday night.

United are now on a 10-match winless streak, earning only two draws in that time to go with eight losses. United remain last in the Eastern Conference (and MLS overall) with five points. United are 13 points out of a playoff spot in the East. Portland improved to 5-1-7 on the season (22 points), and stand second in the Western Conference behind FC Dallas. [Read more…]

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