Alexander Callens remains away with the Peru national team for the Copa America tournament. NYCFC will again be without Heber as he continues to rehab his ACL injury while Gedion Zelalem also remains sidelined. Left-winger Thiago Andrade has yet to have his visa issue sorted and remains unavailable.
D.C. United are getting healthier, but winger Edison Flores remains sidelined with a hamstring problem while captain Steve Birnbaum continues to recover from ankle surgery. Defender Chris Odoi-Atsem and defender Erik Sorga remain out.
NYCFC: Johnson; Thórarinsson, Chanot, Sands, Tinnerholm; Acevedo, Parks; Medina, Moralez, Tajouri-Shradi; Castellanos
D.C. United: Hamid; Hines-Ike, Najar, Pines; Paredes, Canouse, Felipe, Gressel; Arriola, Pérez; Kamara
Ones to watch
With a slew of injuries, NYCFC started three academy players for the first time in club history as Andres Jasson, Tayvon Gray and James Sands were selected to the starting XI.
Ola Kamara has scored three goals in his last three games and has four in seven games and he will look to continue his good form against the Boys In Blue.
In the season opener on April 17th, D.C. United got the Hernan Losada off to a good start with a 2-1 victory. Valentin Castellanos gave NYCFC a 15th-minute lead before Brendan Hines-Ike levelled in the 39th minute. Russell Canouse scored the eventual match-winner a minute from halftime to give the Black-and-Red all three points despite only having 38 percent of the possession.
The match will be streamed nationally on ESPN+ with coverage in New York on the YES Network. Fans in Washington D.C. can view the action on NBC Sports Washington and TeleXitos. Kick-off is scheduled for 6pm Eastern time.