D.C. United at Union preview
Friday, 7 p.m. Talen Energy Stadium. Records: Union, 4-3-3, 15 points; United, 3-4-4, 13 points. TV: Univision. Last game: United beat the visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-0, last Friday. The Union played to a 1-1 draw at Montreal on Saturday.
Friday, 7 p.m. Talen Energy Stadium.
Records: Union, 4-3-3, 15 points; United, 3-4-4, 13 points.
Last game: United beat the visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-0, last Friday. The Union played to a 1-1 draw at Montreal on Saturday.
Coaches: United, Ben Olsen, 67-81-45; Union, Jim Curtin, 21-25-15.
Goals for: United, 13; Union 14.
Goals against: United, 13; Union 11.
About D.C. United: In 15 MLS games, United has a 7-5-3 record against the Union. . . . Chris Rolfe has scored four regular-season goals against the Union, tied for second among active MLS players. Rolfe is out for the game with a concussion. . . . United has played much better since starting the season 0-2-3. . . . Fabián Espíndola, who missed several weeks with a hamstring injury, entered in the 88th minute during last week's win over the Red Bulls. . . . This is the first meeting against the Union since July 26, 2015, when United won, 3-2, at RFK Stadium. . . . Alvaro Saborio leads United with four goals. Luciano Acosta has a team-high four assists.
About the Union: In the last two games, the Union has overcome a one-goal deficit to earn draws with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Montreal Impact, respectively. . . . The Union are in third place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind leader NYC FC but with two games in hand. . . . Goalie Andre Blake has a 1.10 goals against average. It isn't known when Blake will leave the team to join Jamaica for Copa America camp, but it's possible this could be his final game. . . . The Union has two road games next week, Wednesday at Orlando and Saturday at Colorado. . . . C.J. Sapong leads the Union with five goals, while former D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius has four. . . . Outside back Keegan Rosenberry has played every minute and is a candidate for MLS rookie of the year.
- Marc Narducci