D.C. United heads to Columbus to take on the Crew for the second time this season on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. (watch at one of the Official Viewing Parties). Columbus visited RFK in March and ended United’s 19 game home-unbeaten streak by a score of 2-1. The Black-and-Red hasn’t earned a point since losing to the Crew back in March, but this is the ideal opportunity to turn the season around by grabbing three points on the road – with a little bit of payback on the side.
This Saturday, D.C. United visits Crew Stadium and the Columbus Crew in the second meeting between the Eastern Conference teams. Watch with us and other fans at one of the official viewing parties.
On a chillier-than-expected April morning, D.C. United hit the training field after a day off. Now a day removed from the 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Union, the Black-and-Red warmed-up as a team with a passing drill—focusing on speed of play, constantly changing the pattern and touch restrictions. Then, those players who logged big minutes in Sunday’s game focused on regen, while those remaining played a high intensity small sided scrimmage and ended with a finishing drill.
On Sunday, D.C. United battled to a 2-3 loss at home against I-95 rivals the Philadelphia Union. Despite going down early in the match, the team didn't quit. They kept possession and applied pressure through the full 90 minutes. Below, is a breakdown in some of the stats from the night.
Led by defender Dejan Jakovic (66 successful passes), the Black-and-Red made 498 successful attempts at passing the ball. In comparison, the Union made 255, just over half that of the home side. Ball movement in the back line is key for maintaining possession.