Riding high past the midway point of the MLS season on a five-match unbeaten streak, D.C. United is coming into its Saturday night bout against Atlanta having lost back-to-back games.
The latest result came by way of a 3-2 decision at Gillette Stadium against the league-leading New England Revolution. Despite a Paul Arriola goal in the opening 10 minutes and a Revolution red card in the final 20 minutes, D.C. United couldn't muster up a statement result on Wednesday night.
Can Hernán Losada's group bounce back on Saturday night against Eastern Conference foes Atlanta? Here's how to watch.
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United How To Watch
What: D.C. United vs. Atlanta United
Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.
When: Saturday, August 21, 8:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. Atlanta will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United TV SCHEDULE
7:30 PM: D.C. United Pregame
8:00 PM: D.C. United vs. Atlanta (LIVE)
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United: WHAT TO WATCH
D.C. United got off to great starts in both their last two losses, scoring both in both contests only to end up on the losing side. Instead of playing conservatively to hold on to a lead, Losada's group could look to stay on the front foot against an ever-dangerous opposition like Atlanta. With Bill Hamid nursing a hamstring injury, expect Jon Kempin to get the nod to try and keep out any scoring chances.
Atlanta is coming into this matchup winners of their last three and on a four-game unbeaten streak. After a torrid start to their campaign, Atlanta opted to change management and last week hired former Mexican national team star Gonzalo Pineda. Pineda, who served as an assistant with Seattle after retirement, will travel to D.C. but interim manager Rob Valentino will manage the team with hopes of handing over the keys following another win.
D.C. United vs. Atlanta United: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ola Kamara, Forward, D.C. United (11 goals, 2 assists in 13 appearances in 2021): Kamara has been easily D.C. United’s best player this season, as his 11 goals lead the team by a wide margin (Arriola's three goals is second on the team) and ranks fourth league-wide. Kamara only played the final 13 minutes for the Black-and-Red in desperation mode against New England, so should be well-rested to make a big impact against Atlanta.
Josef Martinez, Forward, Atlanta (5 goals in 13 appearances): Atlanta has eased Martinez back into things after he tore his ACL in their first match of the 2020 season last February, but it looks like he's getting back to his 2018 self. Martinez has also been combining well with fellow South American forward Ezequiel Barco, the last two goal scorers in Atlanta's prior two 1-0 wins.