DC United vs Orlando City, Wednesday’s match for the Major League Soccer at the Audi Field, in Buzzard Point in Washington, D.C.
After struggling with the Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, DC United lost their breath. Three draws followed before the two-week stoppage of MLS activities led the team to fall to second place, which it shares with Montreal Impact. They have 27 points (seven wins, six draws and four losses). They are four points behind the leader.
DC United even put up a fight in Philadelphia in another competition. In the United States Cup, which filled the calendar during the ‘holidays’ of the MLS, took the rival of the dispute in the fourth phase. In Washington, the duel ended in scoreless equality during regular time. In the overtime, the visitors even came out ahead but took the revenge and were knocked out by being beating 2-1.
However, the joy of the capital’s team did not last long. In the Round of 16, again having the opportunity to play in their domains, DC United was eliminated by New York City by 2-1.
Orlando City is still alive in the United States Cup. In their opening game in the tournament, they outclassed Memphis 3-1. In the Round of 16, their victim was the New England Revolution, who fell to 2-1 in overtime after a goalless draw at regular time. In July, Florida will face New York City in a quarter-final duel.
This is not, however, the great challenge of the club, which seeks to achieve for the first time in its history the classification for MLS postseason. With 18 points, Orlando City is ranked eighth on the Eastern Conference standings. It is one point below Toronto FC, which closes the elite squad.
Visitor performance is better. In this regard, the team figures as the seventh best of the conference. Of the 21 points played outside of their stadium, they took eight (two wins, two draws and three losses) in the bag to Florida having scored eight goals and suffered seven.
Although the somewhat daring system adopted by DC United does not produce the expected results when the team plays in their domains, Orlando City’s prediction in the team’s success appears to be the best guess for Wednesday’s meeting.