Hines-Ike - Match preview NYC

D.C. United are set to play against New York City FC in their 11th match of the 2021 MLS Regular Season on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. ET. The Black-and-Red will look to continue their stellar defensive play and keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet when they travel north to face New York City for the second time this year.

In their last match, D.C. United drew 0-0 with CF Montreal on Wednesday, June 23. Despite outshooting Montreal 27-5 and keeping 54% of the possession in the match, United were unable to find the goal they needed to secure three points. The Black-and-Red created multiple goalscoring chances in the first half. In the 14th minute, Adrien Perez got in behind the Montreal defense after a headed pass from Ola Kamara, but his shot was saved by the Montreal goalkeeper. Shortly after, Perez found space down the left wing after a defense-splitting through ball by Paul Arriola. His well-hit effort that was headed for the top corner was narrowly tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper, Clement Diop. At the end of the half, Montreal midfielder Zorhan Bassong picked up a second yellow card, giving United a man-advantage for the remainder of the match.

United continued to control the match during the second 45-minute period. Paul Arriola nearly found the goal in the 58th minute after Kevin Paredes played a clever pass to him across the box, but his side-footed attempt was saved by a diving effort from the Montreal goalkeeper. United’s last chance of the night came in the 85th minute when Russell Canouse’s header from a corner kick was once again saved by Montreal’s goalkeeper. Despite a dominant effort from United, the match finished in a scoreless draw.

Bill Hamid kept his third consecutive clean sheet and the 73rd of his career, which is ninth all-time in MLS history.

D.C. United have an all-time record of 5-6-3 against New York City FC. The first time these two teams faced off in 2021 was on April 17 at Audi Field when United won 2-1 thanks to first half goals by Brendan Hines-Ike and Russell Canouse. United will hope for a similar performance when they travel to New Jersey this Sunday.

D.C. United against New York City FC on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. ET will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and TeleXitos and can be streamed on www.dcunited.com.