For DC United, it’s an opportunity to be greedy. United is undefeated in six games and on 17 points is off to its best start after eight games in club history. The Black and Red has not lost a home game since last June and continues its stay at RFK Stadium Saturday when it plays Sporting Kansas City (Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on CSN).
Establishing a home field advantage has been a stated goal of DC United. With last Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew, United’s unbeaten run on East Capitol Street has reached 16 games including 12 consecutive in league play. The Houston Dynamo holds the record for unbeaten MLS games at home with 30.
United will enter the weekend with highest points per game at 2.13, but continue to fly under the national media radar. Perhaps United has not been spectacular, but it has more than made up for it in consistency and commitment. In the current MLS power rankings United ranks fourth behind Seattle, New England, and the Red Bulls.
“We’re lucky; haven’t you read everything about us,” head coach Ben Olsen joked when asked about the team’s impressive standing.
Sporting Kansas City has only lost twice in nine matches, but has had to settle for four draws. It could be argued Sporting played its best match of the season last week in a 1-0 win over Chicago. As the score line indicates Sporting struggled to finish its chances and has all season with the exception of a four-goal outburst against Houston.
- Dealing with Benny and the hair cut. It should be noted Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s, shall we say interesting haircut, is for a good cause.Feilhaber had fans donate money to the Victory Project, which benefits kids in Kansas City, to place votes for his next haircut. Feilhaber is now sporting the winning choice—a mullet. More importantly Feilhaber is sporting a winning style on the field and was named MLS Player of the Month for April. Feilhaber’s resume for April included three assists, and the first two-goal game of his five-year MLS career .Preventing Feilhaber from dictating the flow of the game will be a priority for United.
- Keep it going. It is hard to find fault with United’s game right now. Against Columbus the Black and Red truly performed like a first place team by defending well and then seizing its opportunities. This is the middle game of a three-game stay at RFK with expansion Orlando City next. There are points at stake that United would like to bank with full knowledge of the long journey that is the MLS schedule. Fabian Espindola has been back for two games and his impact was felt in both victories. Luis Silva has been used as a substitute for five consecutive games and that is an example of the strength of options available to t head coach Ben Olsen when filling out his team sheet. Chris Rolfe has a goal or an assist in four straight games and has combines well with multiple players.