D.C. United and their fans came to play at Audi Field on Saturday evening with a 5-0 blowout of Montreal. It was easily the most important game of the season for both clubs.
From the start, it looked slightly rocky for United as Impact out-shot them 9-3 in the first half. However, Luciano Acosta was able to sneak one past Evan Bush at the 17-minute mark after fighting his way through traffic in the box. Acosta was able to add 3 assists on to that throughout the match, becoming the league leader in assists (16) just ahead of Union’s Borek Dockal (15). Moreover, Luciano’s performance has been amplified this year for a number of reasons, including Wayne Rooney. Yet, if you ask any of the D.C. faithful, they will tell you that Lucho has been a fan favorite long before Audi Field. Montreal left D.C. disappointed after holding 60% possession and having multiple chances on goal that the ever-alert Hamid thwarted.
All the pieces seemed to fall into place for the Black and Red as the night persisted. Quality goals with timely saves by Hamid made for an exciting night in the District. Paul Arriola and Wayne Rooney were both able to net two goals apiece as D.C. United closed the points gap to just two behind Montreal. They left no room for question as they look to earn a playoff spot in October. United is 9-2-2 at home this year with four out of the final five games left in Audi Field.
Nemanja Nikolic and the Chicago Fire come into town this weekend as D.C. looks to extend their home streak. Statistically, Chicago is still on the outside looking in, and barring a meltdown from multiple other clubs are really just trying to finish the season with some quality soccer. Therefore they will hope to extinguish United as they are red hot in their playoff push.