D.C. United vs New York City F.C;
MLS Eastern Conference.
Date: Monday, 09-May-2016.
Kick off: 00:30 GMT,
Venue: RFK Stadium, Washington D.C.
It is a clash between two teams that are desperate to find their feet in this season’s Major League Soccer when D.C.United host New York City F.C at the RFK Stadium at Washington D.C in the early hours of Monday morning UK time.
The hosts DC United are fifth in the Eastern Conference, while New York City are sixth and both teams are on the same 10 points. The Black-and-Red were held to a 1-1 draw by Chicago Fire in the last round, while New York were 3-2 winners in a thrilling encounter against Vancouver Whitecaps. Even though it is early days of the season, both teams are desperate for a win to build a strong platform to progress to the play-offs.
D.C United: Team News
Bill Hamid and Chris Korb are injured, while head-coach Ben Olsen is sweating on the fitness of Markus Halsti, Andrew Dykstra and Fabian Espindola.
Marcelo Sarvas is available for selection after serving his suspension and is expected to start from the bench.
D.C United: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Worra – Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp – Nyarko, DeLeon, Rolfe, Neagle – Soborino, Acosta.
New York City F.C: Team News
Frank Lampard, Jefferson Mena and Connor Brandt are still sidelined for City FC and head coach Patrick Viera has no fresh injury concerns.
Steven Mendoza, who scored his first goal for the club in the 3-2 win over Vancouver is expected to keep his place in the attack alongside David Villa and Khiry Shelton.
New York City FC: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Saunders – Allen, Brilliant, Hernandez, Matarrita – Diskerud, Bravo, McNamara – Shelton, Mendoza, Villa.
DC United vs New York City: Head-to-Head
This will be the third meeting between the sides since New York City FC’s entrance into MLS last season. The teams share one win each, with the home team winning on both occasions.
DC United vs New York City: Prediction
DC United are slowly showing some form after a slow start to the season as are now unbeaten in 4 of their last 5 matches, with 2 wins and 2 draws. New York on the other hand are also showing some resurgence after finding their first win in 8 games. At the same time, they have lost in each of their last two away games.
None of the managers want to lose here and I believe they could adopt a cautious approach. A draw is very likely and my score prediction for this encounter is DC United 1-1 New York City FC.