Tale of the Tape: D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire
In boxing, the tale of the tape is the pre-fight measurements between the two combatants. In 2013, we're telling the tale of the tape between D.C. United and its foe of the week.
With the club’s recent additions to its roster, D.C. United’s average age across all First Team Players is now 25.4 years. The average age of all players who started the game against the Montreal Impact on 8/3 was 25.9 years. In addition, the average age of D.C. United players who picked up either an assist or goal was just 23 years. Meanwhile, the average age of the Chicago Fire starters against the Philadelphia Union on the same day was 27.2 years, while the average age of those who contributed a goal or assist was 28.6 years.
Since joining D.C. United from Toronto FC on 7/9, Luis Silva has made three appearances, all starts, for his new club and netted three goals. His latest came in D.C. United’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact on 8/3 as the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft continues to make an immediate impact for the Black-and-Red. In fact, Silva and Mike Magee of the Chicago Fire are the only two MLS players with an active three-goal scoring streak.
D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario is currently the joint-second leading scorer in this year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, having scored four goals in three games. De Rosario notched a hat-trick in the fourth round match on 6/19 against the Philadelphia Union, earning him Player of the Round honors. De Rosario’s hat-trick was the third by a D.C. United player in the history of the Open Cup, following Raul Diaz Arce (2000) and Abdul Thompson Conteh (2001).
D.C. United has won the second-most number of games (32) among MLS teams in the Open Cup. Semifinal opponent the Chicago Fire has won the most (35) in the domestic tournament.
The Chicago Fire has conceded 10 goals between the 61st and 75th minutes in its 21 MLS games this season. The Fire has also conceded 21 goals in the second half of League matches, compared to 10 in the first half of games.
Rich Semifinal History
D.C. United has now reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup nine times in its history, the joint-most among MLS teams with the Chicago Fire. United last reached this stage in 2010, when the team lost 2-1 in extra time to the Columbus Crew on 9/1/10. The Black-and-Red last won in the semifinals on 7/21/09, when the squad beat the Rochester Raging Rhinos 2-1, thanks to goals from Jaime Moreno and Thabiso Khumalo.