Trailing the New York Red Bulls by a single goal, D.C. United is in do-or-die mode heading into Sunday’s second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Black-and-Red must beat their arch rivals and do so at Red Bull Arena -- a place United hasn’t won since 2012.
“Of course it’s a challenge,” admitted D.C. Head Coach Ben Olsen. “But this group usually rises to challenges. I think they’re looking forward to proving a lot of people wrong.”
With team captain Bobby Boswell serving a one-game suspension, D.C. fell 1-0 in this past weekend’s first leg at RFK. Boswell will be available for Sunday’s second leg.
“He’s our leader so to get him back is a real bonus,” Olsen said Thursday. “We still have some question marks on some guys, but hopefully we’ll have good health heading into the game.”
Perhaps Olsen’s biggest question mark is the status of midfielder Chris Pontius. Pontius, who had been playing his best soccer of the season, injured his right hamstring during D.C.’s knockout round win over New England and missed the first leg.
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