Match Preview

Match Preview: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders FC April 27, 2024


Story of the Match

D.C. United will be looking to bounce back at home after a 2-0 defeat in New York last week to New York City FC. The Black-and-Red currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and will host Seattle Sounders FC at Audi Field this Saturday for the club’s 2024 Sustainability Night presented by Audi.

Christian Benteke has been a bright spot for D.C., leading the team with six goals and sitting just behind Lionel Messi and Cristian Arango in the MLS Golden Boot race.

Rejoining Troy Lesesne’s squad this weekend will be Mateusz Klich and Aaron Herrera who served a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.

The Sounders, meanwhile, find themselves struggling on the road. They are yet to pick up a win away from home this season and will be eager to try and do just that as they arrive in the nation’s capital. This will be the first meeting between these two teams since 2019, and both sides find themselves similarly looking to climb out of the bottom half of their respective conference tables.

By the Numbers

  • D.C. and Seattle have not tied in their last 7 matches.
  • Jared Stroud leads the team with 6 big chances created (tied for 1st on DCU with 3 assists).
  • D.C. United is ranked 1st in successful tackles per match with 14.2; Seattle is ranked 18th with 9.3.
  • D.C. United is ranked 4th in MLS with 31.1 accurate long balls per match; Seattle ranked 17th with 25.9.
  • D.C. United is ranked 4th in MLS with 16.9 Expected goals (xG); Seattle ranked 13th with 12.6.

Historic matchups

Seattle holds the historic advantage with nine wins compared to United’s three, and the sides have drawn twice.