Know Your Opponent: DC United U-23 | 5.22.19
NORFOLK, Va. (May 20, 2019) — Just days after winning their first match of the season, Virginia Beach City FC is hosting DC United's U-23 squad on Wed., May 22 at 7 p.m.
Building on momentum
Virginia Beach City FC has earned four points in their first two NPSL matches, drawing on the road vs. FC Baltimore and defeating Charlottesville Alliance FC 2-0. VB City FC currently sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Division of the NPSL.
VB City's three goals have been netted by two different players. Star forward Ezana Kahsay scored in the club's first and second match, while VB City FC newcomer Jesse Miralrio scored on Sat. It was VB City FC's first match at Powhatan Field and the club's first win at their new stadium.
A friendly test
VB City FC's home friendly vs. DC United's U-23 team won't count towards the NPSL standings, but the match gives VB City FC an opportunity to work on some things without worrying about the result.
Wednesday's friendly is another example of the strong partnership between the MLS club and Hampton Roads' professional soccer team. The two clubs announced their groundbreaking agreement that began in Feb. 2018. Last season's friendly was their first and the two clubs are slated to play on an annual basis. DC United regularly scouts VB City FC professional and academy players and VB City FC head coach Brian Hinkey serves as DC United's Head Scout of the Hampton Roads metropolitan region.
VB City FC's midfielders vs. DC United U-23's midfielders — Despite allowing just one goal in two matches, VB City FC has allowed a ton of shots over their opening two matches. Since halftime vs. FC Baltimore, VB City FC has allowed 21 shots and 18 corner kicks. Opposing teams have held possession far too often in the attacking third, but VB City FC's backline and keeper Christian "CJ" Coulson have held serve. VB City FC's midfielders need to maintain control and keep opposing forwards off their goal.
Be sure to guarantee your seats for Virginia Beach City FC’s first match-up vs DC United U-23 at Powhatan Field. You can purchase tickets to this match HERE.