So last week’s game against Orlando City was…not the best. D.C. United probably deserved to win, and yet they allowed in two goals and couldn’t climb back from that deficit. Throw in a couple red cards for the visiting side and the night was pretty eventful, but ultimately disappointing.
Now the Black-and-Red are on the road to face the Chicago Fire. Last week we were dangerously confident about our team’s chances, but this week, as you can imagine, we’re much more reserved.
Donald Wine II
The Black-and-Red head to Chicago to take on the Fire, and I honestly think it will be a slow affair. The team will be determined to do better than they did at home, and with a playoff spot still technically in reach (JimMoraPlayoffs.gif), they need to get all the points they can get if they want to be playing in late October. Unfortunately, I think that while Bill Hamid pitches a shutout, the team doesn’t get on the board. 0-0 draw, with United coming home with a hard-fought point.
D.C. United must get over the self-inflicted wound of the Orlando loss and focus on beating a Chicago Fire team that recently pulled out of a four-match losing streak with a draw and a win in consecutive games. If the Fire are missing Joao Meira and Bastian Schweinsteiger, that will be a boon for the Black-and-Red, but Nemanja Nikolic scored last week for the first time since July 1, which could spell trouble if he’s rediscovered his form. I see Patrick Mullins finally getting on the board early for the good guys before Chicago salvages a draw late. 1-1.
Chicago might be missing more starters than United due to injury, with Bastian Schweinsteiger among those missing out. That’s good news for the Black-and-Red, who were comprehensively outplayed the last time they faced the Fire. It also helps that Chicago doesn’t really have much in the way of depth. Those two factors, plus a hunch that United will bounce back somewhat after last week’s disappointing level…