FC Cincinnati hit the road again for a Saturday night matchup in the nation’s capital with D.C. United. Kickoff from Audi Field is set for 7:30 p.m. in the sixth all-time meeting between the Black and Red and the Orange and Blue.
Let’s break down this matchup, by the numbers.
Three of the five previous matches between D.C. United and FC Cincinnati ended in scoreless draws, including the first meeting this season on July 31 at TQL Stadium. The only other club FCC have ended a match in a scoreless stalemate against multiple times is Chicago Fire FC, where two matches have ended 0-0.
FC Cincinnati defenders will need to be particularly careful when D.C. United has the ball in the box. The Black and Red lead Major League Soccer in penalty kicks awarded at eight, and all eight PKs were converted for D.C. United goals. FCC conceded its second penalty of the season last week against New York City FC, which was scored as the game-winner for NYCFC.
Audi Field has become a fortress for the D.C. United defense. Only two clubs have allowed less than 10 goals at home this season: Minnesota United (7) and D.C. United (8). The goals against average for D.C. United in home games this season: 0.73.
The number of goals D.C. United forward Ola Kamara has scored, which leads all MLS players by two goals over Seattle’s Raúl Ruidíaz. Impressively, Kamara leads MLS with 16 goals despite entering Saturday’s match with only 13 matches played and 1,128 minutes on the pitch, both far less than any other player competing for the MLS Golden Boot.
By the numbers is presented by CTI