Los Angeles Football Club have their next big test of the season on Saturday afternoon, and it’s perhaps their biggest yet, as the team atop the table takes on the team right behind them in the standings in D.C. United, at Audi Field. To check in with how things are going, we checked in with our friend Ben Bromley of SB Nation’s D.C. United site Black and Red United. Many thanks to Ben for taking the time to answer my questions!
Angels on Parade asks Black and Red United:
1. First, how are things going so far this season for D.C. United? Are results in line with preseason expectations?
D.C. United is playing very well so far this season, and while it is not in line with the preseason results I think that the run at the end of last year had everyone hoping for an opening like this. With the team having been so scrappy for so long, it is nice to finally have expectations and for those expectations to finally start being achieved.
2. Wayne Rooney has been almost unstoppable so far this season. So, how can LAFC stop him?
How do you solve a problem like Wayne Rooney? At least so far this year, you can only hope to contain him. I think that the best strategy would to try and prevent him from ever getting the ball, but he does like to drop down to receive the ball in midfield. If you can find a way to keep him there, he will be a lot less dangerous than he is closer to the goal.
3. Who is a lesser-known player who is playing well at the moment for United?
We’ve been talking about him recently, but Junior Moreno’s play is among the best of all MLS defensive midfielders right now. The defensive midfield partnership of him and Russell Canouse forms the bedrock of the team, and these two have been playing really well. Many people already know Canouse, but Moreno, the Venezuelan international, has been just as important so far this season. Together, they have been able to keep hyped homegrown player Chris Durkin on the bench, through no fault of Durkin’s (who is very good); their play has just demanded it.
4. (Bonus) Prediction for Saturday’s game?
LAFC is very good, but I think that D.C. United will win the battle of unbeatens in their fortress of Audi Field. I’ll take 2-1 to the Black-and-Red.
If you want to hear my answers to B&RU’s questions, I was on their Filibuster podcast this week.
What do you think? Leave a comment below!