The stage is set for the 99th edition of the most storied rivalry in Major League Soccer, and that stage is Audi Field.
As D.C. United continues to celebrate its LGBTQ+ community on United Night Out, the Black-and-Red will look to take 3 points off their arch rivals in front of the home crowd.
D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls is set to kick off 7:30 p.m. ET, broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington, TeleXitos (ES), ESPN+ and dcunited.com. You don’t want to miss it.
Last Time Out
D.C. United look to quickly put a 3-0 midweek defeat to Charlotte FC behind them.
The Black-and-Red dug themselves into a hole early in their first visit to the expansion club, conceding an own goal in the 13th minute. From then on, it was an uphill battle—one that Wayne Rooney still felt could’ve been overcome heading into halftime.
Charlotte would increase their lead in the 64’ and 67’, and despite creating more chances in the second half, the Black-and-Red failed to convert.
Staying tight defensively will, no doubt, be a point of emphasis against New York, particularly in the early minutes. From there, it’ll be about being lethal in the final third.
The last time the Black-and-Red took Audi Field, ‘lethal’ was probably the best way to describe them.
The Red Bulls came out on the losing end of a 9-goal thriller in their last match, falling 4-5 to the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday.
Despite leading for much of the match, the Red Bulls conceded three goals in the final 15 minutes.
It was a tough battle in the middle of a very busy stretch of games around the league, and fatigue will surely be a concern for Head Coach Gerhard Struber. With the team sitting firmly in 4th place in the Eastern Conference standings (10-6-7, W-D-L), the chase for the Community Shield is heating up.
It’ll be D.C. United’s mission to add another hurdle to that chase on Saturday. Limiting Red Bulls’ time in their defensive third will be a major key to doing that.
In the Concourse
United Night Out is officially back, and D.C. United is excited to keep the Pride celebrations going beyond the month of June. Grab your pride gear and join us for an unforgettable night of celebration.
Maryland-based recording artist and former American Idol contestant, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, will sing the national anthem prior to the match.