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After securing a spot in the postseason with a decisive, come-from-behind win in Week 8, the Current turn their attention towards a clash with Boston. While the Whitecaps are still fighting to earn their place in the playoffs, D.C. can claim the Eastern Conference regular season crown with a win in Boston this weekend.
In Week 2, D.C. became the first team to hand Boston a loss in MLU history and they hope to add another footnote to the history books in Week 9 by becoming the first squad to beat the Whitecaps on their home turf.
The Current failed to win in Week 3 when they took the eight-hour bus ride up to Boston. Instead, they left with their first and only loss of the season. In that matchup, D.C. was without Peter Prial, who ranks fourth in the league with 18 goals scored, and Sean Keegan, who has tallied 21 total points this season. Both will be active this week giving the Current a full compliment of offensive players.
But while D.C. should have a full deck on offense, the team might be without two of their best defensive players after Brian Marshall turned an ankle and Ben Fleming landed awkwardly on his wrist during Week 8. Those injuries could prove difficult to overcome, but the Current have spoken all season about having trust in everyone on their roster.
“Having some of our scoring leaders back is a bonus,” said Current Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer of having Keegan and Prial available this week. “But I think we’ve shown that we will use everyone; we play everyone and we have a lot of faith in everyone.”
Still, the Current will need all of their players to perform at a top level to end Boston’s 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Boston has won each of their previous four home games this season, cruising to victories by an average of nine points.
“They’ve been light on a few players in some of their [road] games this season, but the reality is it’s a long drive and they are very good,” Moldenhauer said. “If you go up there with tired legs and you’re not ready to go you’re in trouble. They are the number one team, they were the champions last year, they went undefeated and maybe they have had a few losses this year but they are the same old very good team.”
Because of the wins they have already amassed the Current are in a no-lose situation this weekend. Even if they once again come away empty handed from their long road trip up to Boston, the Current still control their own destiny.
“I think the game this week is an opportunity to prove to everybody that we can go up to Boston and beat them in Boston, which nobody has ever done and will be huge for our confidence,” Prial said. “And I think if we can do that it will be great.”
Watch the Current try and secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference on MLU Live this Saturday at 7:00 p.m., and make sure to come out and cheer on D.C. during their final regular season home game of the year, June 14 against the New York Rumble. Buy your tickets here.