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Match Report: CHI 0-0 DC

Thoughts

Where do I begin? This was one of the worst matches I’ve seen for a long time. Both sides not playing well at all, and neither lacking any conviction. From a DCU perspective, going forward we couldn’t hit the target, the only attempt being on target was a Rooney FK, so nothing from open play. The lack of goals on the road is really showing us up right now, only 12 from 12 games, and not scoring in 6 of those. And at the back, Pines had an off game, his tackling was on point, but with the ball at his feet, he gave the ball away on so many occasions I lost count. Whether it was gifting it straight to them or putting it out of play. We were kamikaze at times, whether it was just hacking the ball away or giving the ball to Chicago right at the back.

It seems that Ben can’t get the best lineup out right now, always some issue happening, with Mora having visa issues which relegated him to the bench (not sure why, may as well start him and bring him off later on), and we began with 3 at the back. Rodriguez starting as a LWB which has never worked well for us, so not sure why that happened either. It was all a bit questionable last night. Rooney returned to the lineup alongside Acosta for the 1st time in a while, and Pines made yet another start.

The 1st half offered very little in the way of chances, Fire having the best of it with a Gaitan FK coming in and a melee of players in the box trying to get the ball in, cleared away by Brillant. He also made a goal saving tackle in the 1st half and was they key player for DC. The 2nd half opened up a bit more, and Acosta found more room for dribbling and had a couple of attempts on goal, one being incredibly close, just on the wrong side of the post. Rodriguez, making more impact in the game too, and his recent form showing why he should be made a permanent signing, dribbled from the back, found his way through 2-3 players and won a FK, Rooney steps to take and is well saved by the Fire keeper, who parried it away. That being the only attempt on target. Fire having the best chance in the whole game when Dax McCarty having an attempt deflect off Birnbaum from the edge of the 6yd box. Ben Olsen not making a tactical sub until the 87th Minute, this has irked a lot of fans as this really leaves no time for any impact to change the game. He was forced into a substitution when Canouse had to go off with a rib injury.

Key Points

  • Wayne Rooney returned to the starting XI after missing the match against Atlanta United on July 21.
  • Chris Durkin came on as a 65th-minute substitute; his first MLS appearance since the 1-1 draw against Toronto on June 29.
  • Bill Hamid recorded his ninth shutout of 2019; his first since the 1-0 win against Orlando on June 26.
  • United have a 23-20-18 record against the Chicago Fire all-time
  • The Black-and-Red are 7-11-12 on the road against Chicago.
  • United are 4-4-4 on the road in 2019.
  • The Black-and-Red recorded their first shutout on the road since the 0-0 draw against Toronto on May 15.

Man of the Match

Not sure anyone really deserves this, but, Brillant did have a decent game, making a couple of goal saving tackles and blocks. Well done Fred!

Up next

Our next match is against Philadelphia Union at Audi Field. KO is 12:30AM BST August 5th.

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Match Preview: CHI v DC

This game see’s us head over to the windy city of Chicago, Illinois. To a side who are currently sat 3rd bottom in the Eastern Conference, who have just won once in the last 6 ties, and just 5 times overall all season. Chicago have issues on and off the field, and DCU have a job to do. We have been on the road for the 3rd game in the row, and the Fire will want to burn bright once again. Can we rain on their parade? I’ll stop with these puns and look at what could happen.

DC United

DC United come off the back of the late defeat in Atlanta. A tie in which it took all the effort to keep them out for 89 minutes, to fall at the final hurdle. I hope the team are hurt from that and come out this weekend looking to score a couple of goals to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Rooney has been back in the UK the last week as he had picked up a minor knock in the game against Cincy, and should be back for this game. Ben Olsen has been consistent in the formation recently and will have a huge decision to make as Acosta has returned too. Will he go back to the 4-2-3-1 or will he continue 3-4-2-1 and drop a key attacker? If I was a betting man, I’d see Ben going back to the 4-2-3-1.

Could we see the strongest lineup out today? From what I’ve seen, we should be able to. I’d love to see Pines play but that would been dropping Acosta up top. And I’m not so sure that would happen.

Chicago Fire

Chicago have struggled all season. Recording just 5 wins all season, and none on the road. They’ve conceded 14 goals at home and scored 26 in 12 matches. Coming off the Leagues Cup (Pointless trophy) defeat in midweek, and just 1 win in the last 6 at home, they’ll be looking to add to that W column. When looking at the times they score goals, Chicago are very strong at the end of the game, somehow they manage to get something out of the tank when teams tend to wind down. They’ve also never failed to score at home in MLS this season. Their most recent win came against MLS Cup champions, Atlanta United, in which will be seen as one of the big shocks of the season, the result being 5-1.

Match Prediction

My prediction is that there will be goals. DC have scored 6 goals in the last 6 away ties, 4 coming against Cincy, and with Chicago being in a similar position right now, they’ll be looking to have a good win. DC last won in Chicago in 2015, so it isn’t the best stadium for us, however, if we can get the best side out, which is highly likely, I can see us turning the Fire over. My score prediction is…

Where to watch

In the USA, it’s being broadcast on FloFC.

Streaming: Bet365

TV: Sky Sports Football

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