D.C. United returns to Audi Field to host New England

There’s no place like home!

After getting blanked 2-0 in Dallas last week, D.C. United returns to the home confines of Audi Field, a place where they have been unbeaten the last six games, to host the New England Revolution.

The last time they were on this field, it was a penalty kick by Wayne Rooney in the 90th minute stoppage time that gave the Black and Red the equalizer and the unbeaten home streak intact.

D.C. United is second in the Eastern Conference, with an 8-5-7 mark and 31 points. The Revolution are on the outside looking in for the playoff picture, but there is plenty of season left. They are 6-8-6 with 23 points, the same amount as seventh-place Toronto FC.

D.C. United comes into Friday night with a 5-2-4 record at Audi Field. The Black and Red are also really good lifetime against New England, with a 34-27-13 record all-time. Additionally, D.C. United carries a 5-1-5 record against Eastern Conference foes in 2019.

Defender Steven Birnbaum is expected to make his 150th career appearance for D.C. United, including his 55th consecutive start. Paul Arriola will also return to the pitch for the Black and Red, after suiting up for the Red, White, and Blue of Team USA in the Concacaf Gold Cup.

The USMNT came up short against Mexico, but Arriola had a remarkable run with the team. Wayne Rooney continues to lead the D.C. United attack with 10 goals and five assists.

Kickoff Friday night is at 7 p.m. ET from Audi Field, and you can catch the game on ESPN.

Photo: D.C. United

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