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Match Preview: Atlanta United travels to D.C. on Juneteenth for first of back-to-back road matches

Match Preview: Atlanta United travels to D.C. United on Juneteenth

First Touches

  • Atlanta United will wear the Resurgens Kit | See the colors and learn the story
  • The midweek match against D.C. United is the first in back-to-back road matches for the 5-Stripes. They follow it up Saturday with a matchup at St. Louis CITY SC.
  • This is the first match for Atlanta United since the departure of Giorgos Giakoumakis. The striker from Greece was transferred to Cruz Azul in Liga MX. Giakoumakis scored 24 goals in all competitions in 2023.
  • June 19th, Juneteenth, is a celebration marking the end of enslavement in the United States. Last week, Atlanta United launched the Legacy Collection to honor Juneteenth and will wear a patch on their jerseys during Wednesday's match.
  • Who's in and who's out in D.C.? View the Availability Report presented by Piedmont

Match Details

  • Date: Wednesday, June 19
  • Kickoff time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Audi Field
  • Celebrating: Juneteenth

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Series History and Last Meeting

Atlanta United owns the all-time series with a 9-7-1 (W-L-D) record and has won five of the seven previous meetings. The last time these two teams met was earlier this season. Always a high scoring affair between these two sides, five goals were scored but D.C. United stole three points at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to win the first of three total meetings scheduled this year.

Recent Form

Atlanta United came off their bye week looking to win three points at home during Rob Valentino's first match in 2024 as interim head coach. However, Houston Dynamo had other plans and found the equalizer in the 89th minute to draw 2-2. Entering the double matchweek, Atlanta United sits 13th in the Eastern Conference table, but is just three points back of Philadelphia Union in eighth place. Earning points on the road could provide a big lift for the 5-Stripes. Meanwhile, D.C. United has endured a tough run of form since their win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Black-and-Red have gone winless since that result on May 11. They most recently lost on the road to Charlotte FC at Bank of America Stadium.

Players to Watch

Xande Silva (Atlanta United) - The midfielder from Portugal is coming off an electric goal in Atlanta United's draw with Houston. Silva hit a golazo at a difficult angle that for the moment gave Atlanta United the lead. It's the second goal in as many matches for Silva after he also scored as a substitute in Atlanta's match against Charlotte.

Christian Benteke (D.C. United) - D.C.'s player to watch is the same as it was last time we previewed these two teams. Benteke scored a hat trick in the previous meeting earlier this year at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 6-foot-3 forward has been within striking distance for the lead for the Golden Boot all season long. He enters Wednesday's contest just three goals off leader Cristian Arango of Real Salt Lake with 13 goals.

D.C. United
Atlanta United
Head coach
Troy Lesesne
Rob Valentino (interim)
MLS 2024 record (W-L-T)
Eastern Conference standing
Kit: colors
Icon Kit: Black, black
Resurgens: Light blue, light blue
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