It’s hard to believe that the season is almost a third of the way done, but with the Fire finding themselves on an eight-game winless streak, it’s never too early to look ahead to the next game on the schedule. That’s the case for the Men in Red, who will travel to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United, a team that has had a rough start to the year, but will be looking to rebound after a disappointing result against Montreal last week.
The Chicago Fire will be looking for their first win of the season Thursday night when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on DC United at Audi Field.
Fyre had a difficult start in the early stages of the 2021 campaign, losing to opponents 9-3 and collecting just one point.
Fans began to voice their displeasure, with some calling for the resignation of sporting director Georg Heitz and Rafael Wickie. Although Vicky claims to have the full backing of the club, the team needs to start winning, otherwise questions about the manager’s future will only increase.
Fayre have a chance to get back on track tonight against DC United, a team with just one win in four games.
I spoke with John from RFK Refugees about DCU, their poor performance so far, and his thoughts on the upcoming game:
How did you become a fan of D.C. United and how/when did the RFK Refugees organization come about?
John: I started playing football later than I’d like to admit now. Falling in love with football during the World Cup is probably an American cliché, but… That’s the kind of person I am. I was fascinated by the 2006 French team and the chaos Zidane’s header caused….. It was beautiful. I started following DC United that year and became a season ticket holder shortly after, and it shaped my life.
RFK Refugees came about after Ted and I, having met through another podcast he hosted (Around the League on CSRN), decided there was a big gap in coverage of our kind of DC United (i.e., non-professional smiling head fans). Unfortunately we’ve become much better and more professional, so in that respect we’ve failed, but I think we’ll make it.
From the little I’ve seen of DC United, the team doesn’t seem to be playing that badly, even if the results aren’t to your liking. Have you been unlucky, or is this really poor performance a sign of what the future holds?
John: Although new coach Hernan Lozada won’t talk about it, injuries have decimated the team early in the season, to the point where United had three players in the open field against Columbus. Losada is introducing a radical new system with the same group of players he inherited from Ben Olsen, but the early signs are promising. Despite the results, DC wins the battle for xG despite missing eight first choice players. So yes, the underdog seems to be partially right, but also that he’s just holding out until the reinforcements come.
Which style of play does Hernan Lozada prefer?
John: It’s still early, but what we can say for sure is that he likes to press as hard as he can and demands superhuman stamina from his players. He likes to create overloads and play vertical football. On the other hand, he tried it with players who were last on the list, so who knows what we’ll look like when the starters come out.
As a Fire fan, what should you look for when it comes to DCU players or style of play?
John: Ask me again later in the season! Honestly, United haven’t had a single dangerous man. Moses Nieman, United’s disappointing young midfielder, has been described by Losada as the team’s best player at the moment, and it’s hard to argue with that. All other players are currently not on the field, or trying to find their form again. If Russell Canus is healthy and playing, he will be another player to keep an eye on.
As a DCU fan, what are you worried about when you look at the shooting range?
John: I’m afraid of everything. I think we have players that can score, and we have a reserve defense that is learning a new system, and our reserve goalie is starting his fifth game in a row. The sky is the limit.
Prediction for the match?
But still… I’m optimistic and see United continuing to lose a little longer and winning this game 2-0.