Know Your Opponent | D.C. United

Know Your Opponent | D.C. United

Orlando City (1-0-3, 6 pts) will put their unbeaten start to the season on the line against D.C. United (1-3-0, 3 pts) this Sunday, May 16 at 8 pm EST at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. The game will be televised locally with coverage beginning at 7:30 pm on FOX35 Plus and LionNation TV. Radio coverage will be available from 7:30 on Real Radio 104.1 FM in English and Acción 97.9 FM and 810 AM in Spanish.

Here’s everything you need to know about D.C. United:


Key Transactions and Player News

Key Additions - Head Coach Hernán Losada (Beerschot), CF Nigel Robertha (Levski Sofia), CB Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, loan), RB Andy Najar (LAFC), CF Kimarni Smith (Clemson), CB Michael DeShields (Wake Forest)

Key Departures - F/M Ulises Segura (Austin FC), RB Oniel Fisher (LA Galaxy), GK Earl Edwards Jr. (New England)

Player News - D.C. has dealt with a shocking amount of injuries to start the year. After starting left back Joseph Mora went down in warm-ups last weekend in Columbus, D.C. had 15 players on their team sheet out of a total of 29 on their roster. Key players absent include GK Bill Hamid, starting CBs Steve Birnbaum and Donovan Pines, USMNT winger Paul Arriola, and DM Russell Canouse.

D.C. did get back CF Ola Kamara, who scored off the bench in his season debut. Kamara has four goals and two assists in six career appearances against Orlando City, last facing the Lions as a member of the LA Galaxy in 2018.

Take a look at D.C. United’s full roster here.


Team Form

D.C. United began the season with a huge win, knocking off NYCFC 2-1 at Audi Field in their home opener. Since then, though, the Black and Red have dropped three straight, including a 3-1 loss at Columbus last weekend. D.C. plays Chicago at home on Thursday night before facing Orlando City on Sunday.


Head-to-Head

Orlando City will face D.C. United for the 13th time in all competitions on Sunday night. The Lions have four wins, six losses, and two draws against the Black and Red all time, and have not beaten D.C. in a regular season game since September 2017. The two teams did not face each other in 2020.


Rasmussen University Fact

Manchester United and England legend Wayne Rooney either scored or assisted the winning goal in all three of his appearances against Orlando City, but he’s out of the picture now, managing Derby County in the EFL Championship. D.C. United has not beaten Orlando City without Wayne Rooney on the field since September 24, 2016. 

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