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D.C. United look to capitalize on home field vs. FC Cincinnati

Field Level Media
25 Sep 2021, 08:40 GMT+10

Fighting to get into playoff position in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United hope to take advantage of an extensive stretch of home games.

That run begins Saturday night, with a visit from an FC Cincinnati squad that hasn't won on the road since June.

Entering this weekend's slate of matches, D.C. (10-11-4, 34 points) was one point below the playoff line in the East and must rebound from a 3-2 loss at Atlanta United last weekend. United, though, plays six of its final nine games at home, including four of the next five.

"There are still a lot of points to earn and games to play," D.C. coach Pablo Losada said, according to The Washington Post.

D.C. is 8-3-0 at home this season and a winner in six of the last seven in its own venue. Ola Kamara has scored half of his MLS-leading 16 goals at home for the United, but his streak of three consecutive overall matches with a score ended against Atlanta.

Kamara has not scored any of the six goals United's posted while going 2-0-3 all-time versus FC Cincinnati (4-12-8, 20 points). These clubs played to a scoreless draw at Cincinnati on July 31.

Trying to stay out of the basement in the East, FCC has just one victory -- 2-0 over Toronto FC on Sept. 11 -- during its last 15 league contests. Cincinnati has been outscored 20-8 while going 0-5-2 on the road since a 2-0 victory at Toronto on June 26.

FCC will look to avoid a third straight defeat, and sixth in seven matches as the club returns to the field following its 2-1 home loss versus New York City FC last weekend.

"We have to look at ourselves and we have to look at the game plan and what we know we can do," Cincinnati defender Tyler Blackett said.

Brenner added to his FCC-leading total with his seventh goal against NYCFC. However, he has just one goal in his last five road contests.

--Field Level Media

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