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DC United
Major League Soccer
Jun 23, 2024 at 12.30am UK
Audi Field
Houston Dynamo

DC United
1 - 4

Benteke (38' pen.)
Murrell (25'), Akinmboni (50'), Benteke (66'), Dajome (73'), Bartlett (79')
Benteke (66'), Akinmboni (90+4')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ferreira (51' pen., 54', 86'), Segal (90+5')
Steres (90+9')

Preview: DC United vs. Houston Dynamo - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Major League Soccer clash between DC United and Houston Dynamo, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

DC United will be looking to snap their seven-match winless run when they play host to Houston Dynamo at Audi Field on Saturday. 

This will be the first meeting between the two sides since May 2022, when the Black-and-Red's picked up a 2-0 victory courtesy of a first-half brace from Taxiarchis Fountas

Match preview

DC United forward Christian Benteke (20) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal on September 3, 2023© Reuters

DC United were left empty handed yet again as they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Atalanta United at Audi Field on Tuesday night.  

With nothing separating the sides heading into the final stages of the game, Argentine forward Thiago Almada came up clutch for the Herons as he struck in the 79th minute to hand them their fifth league win of the season.

Troy Lesesne's men have now gone seven consecutive games without a win, losing five and claiming two draws since scraping a narrow 3-2 victory over Atlanta United at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on May 12. 

The Black-and-Red have lost eight of their 19 MLS matches while claiming four wins and seven draws to collect 19 points and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference table, level on points with 12th-placed CF Montreal.

DC United's poor first half of the season has been owing to their defensive vulnerability as they have conceded 14 goals in their last seven outings and currently hold the second-poorest defensive record in the East, having conceded 33 goals so far.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Amine Bassi (8) and his teammates on October 30, 2023© Reuters

Elsewhere, Houston Dynamo were left spitting feathers on Wednesday morning as they played out a somewhat disappointing 2-2 draw with Seattle Sounders after throwing away a two-goal lead in the second half. 

Experienced forward Latif Blessing netted a first-half brace at the Shell Energy Stadium to put the hosts on the front foot but goals from Paul Rothrock and Jackson Ragen saw the Sounders fight back from behind to salvage a point. 

This was a third consecutive 2-2 stalemate for Houston Dynamo, who have now failed to win six of their last seven matches since, losing twice and claiming four draws since mid-May. 

La Naranja's one victory in that time came on May 30, when they edged out Colorado Rapids 3-1 on home turf courtesy of goals from Amine Bassi, Sebastian Kowalczyk and Blessing.

With 24 points from 18 matches, Houston Dynamo are currently eighth in the Western Conference standings, level on points with Austin FC and Portland Timbers.  

Ben Olsen's men will be backing themselves to return to winning ways this weekend as they take on a DC United side who have failed to win 16 of their last 20 meetings, losing 11 and claiming five draws since July 2008. 

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Team News

DC United midfielder Pedro Santos (7) receives a red card on March 16, 2024© Reuters

DC United remain without the injured troupe of Kristian Fletcher (ankle), Jackson Hopkins (back) and veteran defender Steve Birnbaum (knee) as they continue their spells on the sidelines. 

Swedish defender Christopher Mcvey has missed each of the last four matches through a knee problem while defender Conner Antley has been out of action since coming off injured against Atlanta United in May. 

Meanwhile, Houston Dynamo will have to cope without the services of 25-year-old midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla, who is currently with Panama at the ongoing Copa America 2024. 

On the injury front, Olsen will be unable to name 26-year-old McKinze Gaines, who has missed each of the last five matches since picking up a hip injury in May. 

Nelson Quinones has been out of action since coming off with a knee injury in February and the Colombian forward will play no part in this weekend's matchup. 

DC United possible starting lineup:
Miller; Tubbs, Bartlett, Akinmboni; Herrera, Stroud, Peltola, Klich, Santos; Ku-DiPietro, Benteke

Houston Dynamo possible starting lineup:
Clark; Dorsey, Sviatchenko, Micael, Escobar; Artur, Herrera; Blessing, Bassi, Aliyu; Kowalczyk

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We say: DC United 2-2 Houston Dynamo

DC United could do well with a morale-boosting result as they have picked up just two points in their last seven matches since May. Houston Dynamo have failed to win their last four away matches and we predict that both sides will cancel out each other's efforts in an entertaining draw.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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