DC United and Columbus Crew will square off at Audi Field on Thursday in the most recent round of 2022 Major League Soccer fixtures.
The traveling club hopes to win three straight games for the first time this season, while the home squad hopes to bounce back from a crushing defeat their last outing.
In a thrilling game at Soldier Field, Columbus Crew upset Chicago Fire 3-2 to win on the road for the second time in a row.
First-half goals from Chris Mueller and Rafael Czichos put Caleb Porter’s club in a difficult situation. Before Cucho, making his debut, completed the comeback, they were able to regain control of the game thanks to Derick Etienne’s two goals.
The Black and Gold, who have played one fewer game than Cincinnati, have climbed to eighth place in the Eastern Conference rankings and are currently just one point away from the final playoff slot.
Their next opponent is a team that has nothing in common with them, since their previous 14 encounters have resulted in six wins for each team and two draws.
The visitors on Thursday aimed to extend their recent strong road performance after claiming seven of the last nine available points.
Following a 7-0 thumping against Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Saturday, DC United suffered its biggest loss in the history of the team. Alejandro Bedoya, Mikael Uhre, and Julian Carranza each scored two goals to help Chad Ashton’s team lose. Carranza also scored a hat-trick.
The Black-and-Red are still in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, but if they win their two remaining games, they might only be three points away from making the playoffs.
The hosts on Thursday will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in front of their supporters as they now have the worst home record in the entire division.
Following a dismal performance the last time out, DC United must reflect on their actions. The Columbus Crew, on the other hand, will be attempting to take advantage of their opponents’ defensive shortcomings, and we predict that they will ultimately leave with all three points.