The 2022 MLS season is now fully in motion. D.C. United started their season off hot, winning their opening matchup over the exciting expansion squad Charlotte F.C. They followed that up with a win over F.C. Cincinnati but since have plateaued down at .500 after losing to Chicago and Toronto.
Now, the Black and Red try to reclaim a winning record as they take on Atlanta United in a Saturday night showcase. Though it's mighty early in the season, Atlanta sits just ahead of D.C. in the Eastern Conference standings with seven points compared to D.C.'s six.
Two soccer titans face off at Audi Field this weekend. Here's everything you need to know about the contest:
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United How To Watch
What: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United
Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.
When: Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. Atlanta will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream D.C. United vs. Atlanta on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United TV SCHEDULE
7:00 PM: D.C. United Pregame
7:30 PM: D.C. United vs. Atlanta (LIVE)
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United: WHAT TO WATCH
Picking up right where he left off last season, veteran forward Ola Kamara has been holding it down for D.C. United up front, scoring a goal in each of the squad's first two wins on the season. He wasn't alone, though, as Michael Estrada has scored two goals in three appearances thus far as well.
Since their opening game vs. Charlotte, offense has largely eluded D.C. United, however. They've only scored two goals in the three games since the opener, losing two of those three contests. Kamara, Estrada and the rest of the veteran forwards will need to step up to have a chance against Atlanta, who have scored the fifth-most goals in the entire MLS to this point.
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ola Kamara, Forward, D.C. United (2 goals, 0 assists in 4 appearances): Kamara has been the stalwart of D.C.'s offense for over three seasons now and entering his fourth, his nose for the ball looks like it might've gotten even sharper over the offseason. Let's see if he can maintain his ferocity vs. Atlanta.
Josef Martinez, Forward, Atlanta (2 goals, 2 assists in 4 appearances): Atlanta has written the book on spreading the wealth this season, as seven different players have scored the squad's eight total goals. Martinez is the only player in that group who has scored more than one. He's put up astonishing season totals for Atlanta in the past (31 goals, six assists in 2018), so D.C. will need to focus much of their defensive energy on the forward.