Coming off a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls last Saturday, D.C. United looks to get back on track this Sunday April 21 against the Philadelphia Union at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
After giving up two goals in the first half, the Black-and-Red battled hard to make a comeback against its rival from the north. New York’s Thierry Henry netted the first goal of the game in the 29th minute and Jamison Olave soon followed—finishing a cross from Juninho that had been flicked on by a Brandon Barklage header in the 36th minute.
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For the third time this year—first in the MLS regular season—D.C. United is set to face off against I-95 rival the Philadelphia Union this Sunday, April 21 at RFK Stadium (5 p.m.; ESPN2). The Black-and-Red is in search of both its 300th win and its somewhat elusive offensive rhythm. Wouldn’t it be all the sweeter to get that 300th victory and hit that scoring stride against a bitter rival?
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Over a total of seven MLS regular-season games between the Union and the Black-and-Red, there have been a total of 166 fouls, 22 yellow cards, and 10 red cards.
The Union’s Soft Spot
Historically, five of United’s 11 goals against the Union came in the 61st-75th minute interval. In 2013, the Union has allowed three of its seven goals allowed during that same interval.
& Chris Albright
Chris Albright played with D.C. United from 1999-2001, featuring in 56 games (39 starts). The defender notched four goals and two assists in three seasons with the Black-and-Red. Albright was a teammate of United Head Coach Ben Olsen at the University of Virginia (1997), as well as during his three-year stint with United.
D.C. United vs Philadelphia Union
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 5:00 PM ET
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It’s going to be a busy weekend for the I-95 rivals at both the youth and professional level. While the D.C. United First Team gears up to take on the Philadelphia Union, the D.C. United Academy is also training hard in preparation for their matches against F.C. Delco.
Following days off on Sunday and Monday, D.C. United hit the training field hard at RFK Stadium Tuesday morning. After a brisk warm-up, the team broke down into possession exercises prior to extended rounds of 5 v 5 on a field about the size of the 18-yard box. The small-sided games featured numerous goals, a heightened focus and good attitude – all positive signs for the club ahead of its matchup with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night at 5 p.m.