Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United includes us in his tradition of exchanging 1 question when 2 MLS teams already played each other and I thank him for this excellent initiative. Martin shares his thoughts and tell us the story of DC United since both played each other on April 18th 2012. Let's go and see what Martin had to say.
The last time these two teams faced was a disappointment for D.C. United. This team should not be coming away with less than maximum points at home against an expansion team. That's not what we expected to happen on Apr. 18, and that's not what we expect to happen on Saturday either.
Since that day, United has gone on to rattle off five straight wins at RFK Stadium, and now boasts the highest-scoring offense in the league. Chris Pontius is on fire since moving to a forward position, with three goals in his last two matches, and designated player Branko Boskovic is finally showing the form that he's promised United for two years. Boskovic has assists in three of his last four games. United's defense is a bit less-settled, but the return of Dejan Jakovic has helped. And the three goals that they gave up last week were more a result of the New York Red Bulls playing their best game of the season (best game ever?) rather than just poor defending or goalkeeping from D.C.
Ben Olsen and his boys take winning at home very seriously. The odd scheduling of this season means that United haven't been at RFK since May 26, and won't be at RFK again until Aug. 4. That means they have to pack two months worth of home field domination into just one single match. Sorry, but you'll have to be the victims of that.