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D.C. United are set to play against the Columbus Crew in their 17th match of the 2021 MLS Regular Season on Wednesday, August 4 with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. United have kept two consecutive clean sheets and will look to continue their success on the defensive end as they travel to Ohio for the second straight match on Wednesday night. The Black-and-Red currently sit in eighth place in the MLS Eastern Conference with 21 points earned this season.

In their previous match, D.C. United drew 0-0 against FC Cincinnati on July 31 in their first match in club history at TQL Stadium. United picked up two red cards in the second half but were able to keep their sixth clean sheet of the season and earn a tough point on the road. FC Cincinnati had a good chance in the eighth minute to take the early lead, but Bill Hamid recovered quickly to save the header from a corner kick at the back post. Kevin Paredes was a threat down the left wing all half, and in the 45th minute he beat two defenders as he cut inside and found Julian Gressel in space, but his shot went narrowly wide of the left post. The match went into halftime tied 0-0.

The second half started with Moses Nyeman receiving a red card in the 52nd minute for denying a Cincinnati player of a clear goalscoring opportunity. In the 59th minute, Hamid made his best save of the night, denying an FC Cincinnati attacker in a one-on-one opportunity from close range at his near post. Despite playing at a man disadvantage, United were still able to create goalscoring chances. In the 61st minute, Yordy Reyna got free in the box, but his attempt from the right side was saved by the goalkeeper. Late in second half stoppage time, Joseph Mora received his second yellow card, forcing United to play the remaining minutes of the match with only nine players. The Black-and-Red were able to keep the clean sheet and earn a point thanks to strong play by Hamid and the rest of the United defense. The clean sheet was the 75th of Hamid’s career, tying him for the 7th most in MLS history. 

The match will be the 73rd all-time MLS regular season meeting between the two teams. D.C. United have an all-time record of 31-30-11 against Columbus but only an 8-20-7 record against them on the road. United will look to improve on that record and earn three points when they travel to Lower.com stadium on Wednesday night.

D.C. United against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and TeleXitos and can be streamed on www.dcunited.com

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