For the first time in club history, D.C. United has lost four straight games at its RFK Stadium. It had won the first five games of a 10-game homestand that included U.S. Open Cup and Champions Cup games. The losses include three SuperLiga games and an MLS defeat to Houston.
"You treat your home as a sacred environment, an atmosphere where teams come in and [find it is] a tough place to play," defender Bryan Namoff said yesterday. "Our mentality was that, when teams came in here, they knew they were in for a long haul. We have kind of let that slip."
Steven Goff reports that injuries have left the team undermanned and many of the players asked to fill vacancies have not performed up to expectation.
D.C. United hopes to have defender Gonzalo Peralta back on Saturday and Marcelo Gallardo by Aug. 10.