The Black-and-Red hit the West Coast for the final match of a road trip that began Saturday in New England.
D.C. fell short in their tie against the Revs after going down 1-0 in the first half. They’ll have to quickly bounce back with what will likely be an even taller task ahead of them on Tuesday.
LAFC (54 points, 1st in the Western Conference) are currently the frontrunners for the Supporters’ Shield, and come into this match off the back of a 5-0 victory over Charlotte FC.
D.C. United look to snap LAFC’s six-match win streak and make a statement about where the team is headed under new head coach Wayne Rooney. A road win at Banc of California Stadium could be the jumpstart they need as they enter the final 10 games of the season.
The match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington and TeleXitos, and can be streamed on dcunited.com and MLS Live on ESPN+. Kickoff is slated for 10:30 p.m. ET, with pre-match coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Last Time Out
Following the 1-0 defeat in New England, Wayne Rooney chalked up the result to a lack of patience after conceding in the first half-hour of the match.
“Instead of being patient with the shape and trying to get the equalizers, we seemed to gamble a little bit,” he said during his post-match press conference.
The desire was there, Rooney said, but in the end, the principles that he’s been tasked with instilling in short time were not.
“It’s not going to be an overnight thing,” he said. “I’ve done it before with my previous club, so it will take a little bit of time. But we need to be smarter. The game management needs to be better. That’s something which we really need, because tactically you can give all of the information in the world, but the game management is so important.”
With Victor Pálsson making his debut for the Black-and-Red on Saturday, Rooney will look to continue integrating new players over the coming matches.
The word is out about the LAFC attack. It is lethal and unforgiving, especially when given time and space.
After a scoreless first half on Saturday, they put five past Charlotte FC. More impressive is the fact that they did so without their summer signings Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, who rested ahead of Tuesday’s match.
It will likely take a huge defensive stand from the Black-and-Red to bring 3 points back home. Looking ahead to the match, Wayne Rooney assured that his men would be up for it.
Next Home Match
The Black-and-Red return to Audi Field on Saturday, August 20, where they’ll take on the Philadelphia Union at 7:30 p.m. ET.