Match Preview

Match Preview: D.C. United @ Inter Miami CF, May 18, 2024


Story of the Match

D.C. United will head down to Florida to face off against Inter Miami CF for their second fixture of the 2024 season. Previously, Miami came away with the win when they visited Audi Field in March, so Troy Lesesne’s squad will hope to bounce back and leave Florida with their second consecutive road win.

The Black-and-Red are coming off a hotly contested midweek matchup against New York Red Bulls that ended 4-1 in favor of the New York rivals.

So far this season for D.C. United, the team has gone stride for stride with their leading goal scorer. In the six games Benteke has scored a goal in, the team has earned 11 points with a 3-1-2 (W-L-D) record. In the seven games Benteke hasn’t scored, D.C. has only earned six points and posted a record of 1-3-3.

The Black-and-Red defense, which started the season with a string of strong performances, haven’t recorded a clean sheet in seven matches. The last time D.C. United held a team scoreless was March 30 against CF Montréal.

If D.C. United come away with three points this weekend, they’ll need to find a way to be stout in defense, and either provide Benteke with chances or rely on another goal-scorer to step up.

By the Numbers

  • Both top goal scorers in the league will face off against each other in Christian Benteke and Luis Suarez; Benteke has 11 goals in 11 matches while Suarez has 11 goals in 13 matches.
  • D.C. United have a 4-2-2 (W-L-T) record against Inter Miami all time in regular season matchups with 15 goals scored and 12 goals against.
  • Defender Lucas Bartlett leads the team in clearances with 35 and is ranked 3rd in MLS in Aerial duels with 63.
  • D.C. United are ranked 2nd in Expected Goals (xG) with 25.3 and Miami is ranked 3rd with 25.0.
  • D.C. United ranks 3rd in MLS in accurate crosses per match with 6.2; Miami ranked 22nd with 3.5 accurate crosses per match.

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