FCD hold a slight advantage over D.C. United by winning 18 of 40 matches against United in the all-time MLS history of these two teams. DC have won 14 matches and they have drawn 8 times throughout the long history of these two MLS originals.
However, at RFK stadium the story is a bit different; United leads the series with 8 wins in 18 matches whereas Dallas has only won 5 times and they have drawn on 5 occasions. DC has outscored FCD 43 goals to 28 at RFK, so the offense must continue firing on all cylinders to notch 3 points on the road. I would expect somewhere between 3-5 goals in this match based on the past matches at RFK.
Ben Olsen has not fared too well against Dallas notching only 1 win in 5 matches while drawing 2 and losing 2 on top of that. Although he has done well against Oscar Pareja (when Oscar was in Colorado the past two seasons) and Ben Olsen's side tied one match and notched 3 points in the other.
The last two seasons have told different tales as FCD were hammered 4-1 at RFK in 2012 highlighted by a brace from former FCD player Maicon Santos and a stellar performance from 2011 MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. Highlights from this match are below (although it was definitely a match to forget.)
However, last season FCD notched a respectable 2-1 victory over the statistically worst MLS side of all time. FCD's first goal came when two players that are no longer with FCD connected as Jackson scored off of an Eric Hassli pass. The second FCD goal and the game winner came from a Michel corner that found Je-Vaughn Watson who redirect the cross with his chest and place it in the back of the net. It would be nice to see this duo link back up on Saturday for another goal. Highlights from this match are below as well.
FCD will hit the road for the third time this season and look to stay undefeated in away matches on the year. So far FCD are top of the Supporter's Shield Table while winning one away match (in Houston!) and drawing one at Sporting Park in Kansas. FCD have been very composed on the road and have played more of a tactical game than they do at home and look to break down the opposition through little passes compared to fast-paced high powered offense we have seen at Toyota Stadium early this season.
DC has started 2-1-1 this season at home, dropping points to Chicago and Columbus while taking all 3 points against New England and New York. Ben Olsen's side has had a stronger beginning to this season compared to last and currently sit in a playoff position early in the year. Not the best start possible, but the squad definitely looks stronger than last year and will be eager to get 3 points at home and prove they are for real this year. FCD will need to be on their toes to shut down the trio of Espindolo, Rolfe, and former Dallas man Eddie Johnson.
Let's hope FCD pull further ahead in the all-time history as DC United will host the squad Saturday night at RFK Stadium!