Wayne Rooney and DC United may be in for more MLS woe
Audi Field visitors Philadelphia Union are in rock-solid form
DC United v Philadelphia Union
Wayne Rooney cut a frustrated figure as DC United lost ground in the playoff race on Sunday night and now the former England skipper and his new team face a real season-definer at home to Philadelphia Union.
The Washington side had won three in a row – all at home – and were playing nicely enough until the Red Bulls stopped them in their tracks.
A Rooney shot which clipped the woodwork was the best they could muster in a tame 1-0 defeat.
Now they have to dust themselves down for a visit from the Union, who are emerging as a real threat in the Eastern Conference.
Solid home form earns DC United clear favouritism for this assignment but Philadelphia look the value.
United are struggling to adapt to playing with Rooney, who is clearly a cut above anyone else in their ranks and now the focal point for everything they do. That may be inevitable given how much they paid for him.
Rooney has scored three in his last six but he doesn’t necessarily bring out the best in his team-mates.
They have won four in a row at Audi Field – scoring at least two in each of those games – but the Union are also in rock-solid form.
Jim Curtin’s side have won four of their last five in the MLS with the 2-0 win over high-flying New York City the pick of those results.
Cory Burke has bagged seven in his last eight in all competitions and the Union definitely have the tools to avoid defeat as an absolute minimum.
Philadelphia draw no bet
1pt 13-8 bet365, BoyleSports
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