Metro’s natural enemy, D.C. United, comes to play this weekend at Red Bull Arena. For the home opener on Sunday, this will be a rematch of last year’s playoffs. The stage is set to be a great rivalry matchup, but it may not go in favor of Metro.
Two key defenders are banged up with injuries: Ronald Zubar and Roy Miller. Miller is hurt for this weekend, while Zubar is just listed as day-to-day and does have a chance to play. the New York Red Bulls do have a backup plan if both aren’t available. The youngster, Matt Miazga will more than likely start alongside Perinelle in the backline if Zubar isn’t fit, while the Jamaican youngster Kemar Lawrence will more than likely play either a full-back role or a wing-back.
With the backline having issues, D.C. United can use it to their advantage, but not without their own issues as well.
Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola are out for this fixture, so DC United will have to use Jairo Arrieta and Chris Pontius as their main attackers in this match. D.C. United back line also looks pretty solid as well with Franklin, Boswell, Birnbaum, and Korb. D.C. United may not have two of their most crucial players against their arch rival, but the team is still a massive threat. On top of that, Bill Hamid is still in the net, and he’s already got a shutout under his belt.
The Red Bulls new tactic is pressing up, hard. The problem with this, it leaves room for a dangerous counter attack. Rofle and DeLeon are a deadly duo if they can slip past defenders and charge the outside. The defense will be young, and rather inexperienced, but it should be an interesting contest.
Lawrence will finally play against some of the better talent in the league and get the experience he deserves. Miazga will be out there once again looking to prove himself, but he is just 20. Both of these players have a chance in Europe, Lawrence even has 13 caps for Jamaica while Miazga is playing for the US-U23 National Team.
The final prediction is a 1-1 draw, giving the rEd Bulls two out of a possible six points to the Eastern Conference table. It’s early in the season and with a tough schedule, but the wins should begin to pile up soon enough.