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MLS Preview: D.C. United (1-0-0) at Columbus Crew SC (0-1-0)

Since 2021 (W3 D1), Columbus has only lost one of its last five meetings with DC United, and each game has featured at least three goals. D. C. United has the fifth-worst record in those games (W16 D4 L25), but it has played the most games with at least three goals scored (45).

Columbus fell to the Philadelphia Union 4-1 in its season opener on Saturday, its first loss since 2016. After allowing five goals to the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2000, the Crew have now conceded four goals in their first game of the season twice.

On Saturday, D. C. United defeated Toronto on a comeback to win 3-2. Since its first match in July, a 5-3 victory over Orlando City, D. C. United had not scored at least three goals in a game.

When Patrick Schulte made his MLS debut against Philadelphia, he gave up four goals and only made one save. Roman Burki and Carlos Coronel, the only two goalkeepers who played this past weekend, made fewer saves.

In D. C. United’s victory on Saturday, Mohanad Jeahze and Theodore Ku-Dipietro each had two assists and one goal. In the team’s first game of the season, D. C. United had two players score at least two goals for the last time in 1993 (3 for Marco Etcheverry and Roy Lassiter; 2 for Richie Williams and Ben Olsen.

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