The Black-and-Red may be struggling in MLS play, but they’re doing quite fine in the CONCACAF Champions League. Montego Bay United made the long trip from Jamaica with plans of leaving the nation’s capital with three points. Instead it was the home team that would leave victorious, getting the result in a 3-0 win to win their second game in Champions League play.
Miguel Aguilar has strung together two good performances for the Black-and-Red, scoring two goals in DC’s first two games. The youngster has shown flashes in MLS play, but has seemed comfortable on this stage as evident by his scoring. Farfan has shown to be healthy enough to create up front, He now has three assists in two games.
DC is now in first place in Group H, their next Champions League match is September 15 against Aribe Unido and their last match in group play will be against Montego Bay United in Jamaica.
Like Farfan, United’s Chris Pontius is taking these games as an opportunity to get back to form. Pontius is starting to get his legs underneath him, being creative in the attacking third. He also took a wicked free kick 30 minutes into the game, it was well struck and hit the crossbar.
In addition to Aguilar, Kofi Opare and Connor Doyle also scored on the night. Markus Halsti captained the team for the second consecutive game in CCL play, he was recently called up to the Finnish National team and will be leaving for games in the first week of September after DC’s match against the Red Bulls on Saturday.
While back-to-back wins in CCL play is a positive for United, it’s imperative that they regain their form in MLS play. as of right now they still remain in first place in atop the Eastern table. They hold a five point lead over the Red Bulls, which makes Saturday’s game extremely important. Andrew Dykstra has started in net the last two games, it’ll be interesting to see when Olsen and the medical staff deem it safe for Bill Hamid to return to play. It certainly can’t hurt to have the best keeper in the league heading down the stretch.