D.C. United come into this fixture after seven consecutive H2H home wins, the last four of which have yielded a clean sheet. However, D.C. United’s more recent defensive efforts against all opponents have left a lot to be desired, with the capital city franchise having shut out only Orlando City in their last seven MLS matches.
The hosts’ current six-game unbeaten league run at home (W3, D3) cannot be ignored, but home fans may need to be patient in any case, with D.C. United currently boasting a +6 goal difference (GD) at home in the 61st-90th+ minute period.
Meanwhile, New England are on a seven-match MLS streak without a loss (W4, D3), which includes positive results away to two top-four sides, LA Galaxy (W) and Montreal Impact (D).
Their poor habit of conceding first-half goals has come to an end too, with Bruce Arena’s men letting just one through in those seven games. Impressively, they still collected three points against Houston Dynamo after their only half-time deficit in that run.
A win for New England here would, however, be their first in the capital since 2013. They’ll need to be particularly sharp after the hour mark, given that they lament a current -11 GD in the 61st-90th+ minute period of away games going into this one.
Players to watch: Wayne Rooney’s six goals for D.C. – along with three assists and 4.1 shots per game at home – puts him amongst the elite of the MLS.
Juan Fernando Caicedo (NEW) has returned to goalscoring form, with all of his four MLS goals this year coming in his last five away trips.
Stat attack: D.C. United have never won a regular-season fixture without Luciano Acosta (D4, L3). He is suspended for this match.
Both teams have scored in five of D.C.’s last seven league matches, as well as in New England’s last five.
The team leading at half-time has gone on to win four of the last five H2H meetings not to yield a level HT scoreline.
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