One of the leading teams in MLS play will take on one that has yet to get a win when D.C. United hosts the New York City FC on Sunday afternoon.
D.C. United (4-1-2, 14 points) stands on top of the Eastern Conference table but has gone 1-1-1 in its last three matches. In NYCFC (0-1-5, 5 points), they face a team that is better than its record indicates and has given signs of a turnaround.
This will be the second meeting of the teams on the season, with a 0-0 draw the outcome when they met at Yankee Stadium on March 10.
Even though the teams enter the game with a big disparity in the standings - D.C. United is in first place and NYCFC is sitting outside the playoffs - D.C. coach Ben Olsen said he knows NYCFC is getting better.
"They haven't put it all together yet," Olsen said of NYCFC. "We have already seen them there. We are familiar with them, they are familiar with us, and we'll have to do our best to get the result. We'd like to get a win at home. It's been two games since we sent the fans home happy and we'd like to do that."
NYCFC coach Domenec Torrent sees progress with his side, but he also knows the task at hand Sunday. The 3-3 draw on the road against Minnesota in their last match was a solid performance that NYCFC needs to build on.
"We have a tough game because right now, D.C. is the leader of our conference. I've said to (the team) we have to play the same way as we did against Minnesota," Torrent said. "About that performance - I was happy but it's not good enough to just get one point. Right now, we are in trouble with points. The best solution for us is to keep working the same and try to win the next game."
--Field Level Media