Match Preview

Match Preview: D.C. United vs. New York Red Bull, May 15, 2024


Story of the Match

The Black-and-Red return to Audi Field this week after securing all three points in Atlanta last Saturday night, thanks to a hattrick performance from striker Christian Benteke.

The clinical performance from D.C. United’s striker vaulted the Belgian into a tie on top of MLS Golden Boot hunt, leveling him with Inter Miami CF’s Luis Suarez and Real Salt Lake’s Cristian Arango with 11 goals each.

Youngster Ted Ku-DiPietro also returned to the starting XI last match after a minor injury kept him from the pitch, and his creative energy and dribbling ability created an instant impact in aiding the offensive efforts of Troy Lesense’s squad.

D.C. United’s attack continued to funnel down the right flank through the likes of Aaron Hererra and Jared Stroud, with plenty of support from midfielder and designated player, Mateusz Klich.

New to D.C. United’s roster, Stroud has shown an ability to provide quality service into the box having logged an astounding four assists in his last two games, which has him leading the entire squad in the category.

The New York Red Bulls are enjoying a successful 2024 campaign so far and currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points due to their 5-2-5 record (W-L-D). That said, D.C. United find themselves within striking distance of leveling the two rivals on points sitting just three back at 17, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

With this midweek matchup set to take place on Wednesday night in the Nation’s capital, Audi Field will be the place to be. Tickets can be purchased here to cheer on D.C. United squad in this rivalry week matchup.

By the Numbers

  • Alex Bono has 42 saves on the season and leads MLS in accurate long balls with 94; RBNY goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel has 28 saves.
  • D.C. United's record all time in regular season matchups is 37-34-17 (W-L-T) with 145 goals scored and 131 goals against.
  • D.C. United have scored a total of 19 goals, 14 from open play, 3 from set pieces, and 2 from the penalty spot.
  • D.C. United is averaging 5.0 shots on target per match (ranked 11th in MLS); RBNY is averaging 5.1 (ranked 6th).
  • Christian Benteke has played against RBNY 2 times previously and has 3 goals on 8 shots in those two matchups.

Historical Matchups

D.C. United's record all time in MLS regular season matchups against RBNY is 37-34-17 (W-L-T) with 145 goals scored and 131 goals against.

Check out Christian Benteke's hat trick: