D.C. United (2-10-6, 12 pts.) will travel to Nippert Stadium to take on FC Cincinnati for their 19th match of the 2020 MLS Regular Season on Sunday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Black-and-Red will look to build on their last two outings, which saw positive performances and the side outshooting both opponents, as they seek to pick-up a crucial three points on the road.
In their last match, D.C. United drew 2-2 with the Philadelphia Union. United were led by strong performances from Yamil Asad and Donovan Pines, who were responsible for the team’s two goals.
United and the Union played a tightly contested first half with the best chance coming minutes before halftime when a Russell Canouse shot from just outside the six forced a good save from Andre Blake. The sides went into the break scoreless, despite United holding the edge in shots 7-3.
Moments into the second half, Philadelphia capitalized on a turnover and finished from point-blank range in the 49th minute. United responded well and their efforts were rewarded in the 71st minute when Donovan Pines scored his first career Major League Soccer goal, heading home a Yamil Asad corner kick at the near post. The Black-and-Red took the lead just four minutes later, as they were awarded a penalty kick after Erik Sorga’s shot struck a Union player on the arm inside the 18-yard-box. Asad stepped up and sent Blake the wrong way to give his team a 2-1 lead.
In the 86th minute, D.C. United were denied all three points when Union center back, Mark McKenzie, saw his long-range effort deflected into the back of the net. Despite outshooting their opponent for the second match in a row, D.C. United split the points with the Philadelphia Union as the match finished 2-2.
FC Cincinnati will enter the weekend feeling confident as they took down their rival, Columbus Crew SC, 2-1 on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Yuya Kubo and Nick Hagglund. Cincinnati have earned six points from their last seven matches and currently sit in 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings with 16 points so far this season.
D.C. United against FC Cincinnati on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. EST will be broadcast on WJLA 24/7 News and streamed on www.dcunited.com.
Prior to kick-off, catch up with Dave Johnson, Devon McTavish, and Claudia Pagán as they preview the upcoming match on the Audi pre-game show at 7:00 p.m. EST on www.dcunited.com