To get everyone ready for Atlanta United’s 2018 home opener, we spoke with Black and Red United’s Ben Bromley to get his take on Yamil Asad, D.C. United’s terrific form against the Five Stripes, and last week’s performance against Orlando City.
DSS: Is the D.C. fanbase treating Yamil Asad with the love and respect that he deserves?
BRU: Definitely! We were excited to get him, and he has already contributed the first goal of DC United’s 2018 season. He fits perfectly into the hardworking style of play that Ben Olsen loves, and he complements Paul Arriola well. We are also excited to see him get his first MLS minutes playing with Luciano Acosta, and seeing what that midfield can do.
DSS: How does it feel knowing that D.C. will ruin Atlanta’s home opener by beating them for a fourth consecutive match?
BRU: It feels great! Since the interlopers United have tried to steal DC United’s appellation, the longer this streak goes on, the more hilarious it becomes.
DSS: How do you think D.C. did against Orlando to open their season? Was it a better performance than expected or were they fortunate to leave Florida with a point?
BRU: If you had asked me before the game, I would have been happy with a point, and I thought the first half was a pretty solid piece of play. But they lost the thread once they went up a man, and the center of midfield got overrun at times. If they can find the right combination in central midfield, perhaps when Russell Canouse is fit, that’s when they’ll start to roll.
Rare Bonus Question: Any updates on the Chris Durkin to Benfica rumor?
BRU: The team is not eager to sell, but if they can get an offer over $1M, I think they will seriously consider it.