D.c. United D.c. vs Houston Dynamo Hou Picks and Predictions June 22nd 2024

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Dynamo’s Ben Olsen Seeking Win Against Former D.C. United Club

Houston Dynamo manager Ben Olsen returns to the club where he spent his entire MLS playing career and his first decade as a coach in Saturday’s visit to D.C. United.

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Emotional Return and Recent Form

While Olsen’s re-visitation of D.C. Joined is genuinely huge, the two groups are fundamentally centered around working on their new exhibitions. Olsen’s Dynamo (6-6-6, 24 focuses) were prevailing against Seattle for the primary half on Wednesday however made due with a 2-2 attract in the wake of surrendering two times six minutes soon after halftime.

Key Performances and Challenges

Latif Blessing scored his fourth and fifth goals in the last five matches for the Dynamo, following his arrival in an early season trade from Toronto FC. Despite Blessing’s impressive form, Houston earned only a third consecutive draw, missing the chance to climb as high as fifth in the Western Conference standings.

“It is a disappointing result, and it’s happened too many times where we perform well and give away the points, we create chances, but then we let them back in the game with complacency. Getting one point has been a little bit of a recurring theme.”

Ben Olsen

D.C. United’s Struggles

For first-year D.C. United manager Troy Lesesne, the situation is even more challenging. His team conceded late to Thiago Almada in a 1-0 home loss to Atlanta United on Wednesday night. The Black-and-Red (4-8-7, 19 points) are winless in their last seven matches, taking only two points during this stretch. They also became only the second team to lose at home to Atlanta this season after failing to capitalize on a dominant opening 35 minutes.

“Everyone is frustrated, that’s clear to see, but at the same time, we’re not doing enough to earn ourselves points. … When you’re playing at home, you can’t allow a team to come into the game the way that they came into the game.”

Troy Lesesne

Offensive Concerns

Christian Benteke has gone three matches without adding to his total of 13 goals this season. D.C. United has struggled with secondary scoring; no other player has more than two goals, contributing to the team’s total of 25 goals.

Match Overview

As Houston Dynamo prepares to face D.C. United, both teams are eager to secure a win to improve their standings and break free from frustrating patterns. Olsen’s Dynamo will look to convert their dominance into three points, while Lesesne’s D.C. United aims to find the scoring depth needed to support Benteke and turn their season around.

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Conclusion

Ben Olsen’s return to D.C. United adds an emotional layer to this matchup, but both teams are focused on addressing their respective challenges. The Dynamo aim to end their string of draws and capitalize on their strong performances, while D.C. United seeks to end their winless streak and find additional scoring options.

“Getting one point has been a little bit of a recurring theme,” Olsen said.

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D.C. United D.C.
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O 2.5
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Houston Dynamo HOU
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U 2.5
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