Coming off its first home win against the New York Red Bulls in four years, D.C. United travels to Ohio to play at FC Cincinnati's new stadium for the first time on Saturday.
FC Cincinnati moved into their new soccer-specific TQL Stadium for the 2021 season, and will be extra motivated when United comes to town as they still have yet to nab that coveted first home win of the season. In 14 matches this season, Major League Soccer's fourth-newest expansion club has won just three times and has drawn another four.
D.C. United, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last two matches and will look to string together back-to-back wins. Here's how to watch.
D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati How To Watch
What: D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati
Where: TQL Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
When: Sunday, July 31, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati SCHEDULE
7:00 PM: D.C. United Pregame
7:30 PM: D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati (LIVE)
D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati: WHAT TO WATCH
With veteran winger Paul Arriola and center back Donovan Pines still with the U.S. men's national team at the Gold Cup, D.C. United will look to its other experienced leaders to step up. Such was the case when attacking wing-back Julian Gressel, who was named Man of the Match and to the MLS Team of the Week, after turning in a stellar performance against the Red Bulls.
Gressel had the lone assist of the game and should've had two if Ola Kamara had dispatched a similar chance to the one he buried in the 27th minute. Gressel was rampant down the right flank, pouncing on loose balls and sending them quickly to Kamara's open path. With eight crosses, four big chances created, and four interceptions, United coach Hernan Losada will be looking for more of the same on Saturday night.
Another key cog in securing all three points was goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who garnered his 74th career clean sheet with some vital stops. That's good for eighth all-time in MLS history, and his experience keeping the ball out of the net will come in handy again versus a hungry Cincinnati squad.
D.C. United vs. FC Cincinnati: PLAYERS TO WATCH
Ola Kamara, Forward, D.C. United (10 games, 7 goals, 2 assists): A week after D.C. United Kamara stepped up to the penalty spot, he calmly converted an easy 1-on-1 chance against the Red Bulls, and probably could've had a couple more, too. He'll look to add to his tally for the Black-and-Red on Sunday.
Luciano Acosta, Forward, FC Cincinnati (12 games, 4 goals, 3 assists): The former D.C. United star is starting to hit his stride with Cincinnati this season, scoring an unreal curling effort into the top right corner against Atlanta last week. Extra motivation against his old club will surely have the United backline wary.