Tuesday, April 23, 2024

MLS Preview: D. C. United (1-1-1) at New York City FC (1-1-1)

In August of last year, D. C. United defeated New York City FC for the first time ever on the road, winning 2-1 at Red Bull Arena. D.C. has won only two of its seven MLS matches at Yankee Stadium (D2 L5), including a 6-0 defeat in October 2021, when the club set a club record.

Saturday marked the fifth time in a row that New York City FC has won at home in all competitions, giving the club its first victory of the season against Inter Miami FC. NYCFC has not had a more extended home series of wins in all rivalries since winning seven in succession at home from November 2017 to June 2018.

D. C. United has lost 11 of its last 14 road games (W2 D1) since last season, including a 2-0 defeat at Columbus Crew SC in its first 2023 road match. In those two road victories, D. C. scored seven goals, but it only managed to score three goals in the other 12 games, failing to score in 10 of them.

Seven of New York City FC’s 13 shots against Inter Miami FC on Saturday were made by Santiago Rodriguez (three shots, four chances created). Rodriguez had at least three shots and created at least three chances in an MLS match for the eighth time, surpassing only Maxi Moralez (12) for NYCFC since 2021.

This season, D. C. United has scored a league-high three goals in the final 15 minutes of games, including Chris Durkin’s equalizer in the 80th minute against Orlando City SC on Saturday. Only Seattle Sounders FC (6) scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of games than D. C. United did that season.

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