The last time these two teams met, we spent the entire GameThread introduction recapping why the Red Bulls suck, a tradition that we'll continue with the first D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls match every year. I wish I could write five new reasons now, but I don't think I can, because the Red Bulls have actually gotten better since. Or at least less idiotic. Although Hans Backe skipping the Vancouver Whitecaps match for "personal reasons" might qualify.
The Red Bulls have all their stars healthy and well-rested, and are just three points behind United in the Eastern Conference. On paper, this looks like it could be one of the toughest matches for United all season. History says otherwise.
Game time: 7:00 PM
Television: NBC Sports Network
Projected starting lineup: Look for Ben Olsen to use either an identical lineup to what we saw against the Philadelphia Union, or maybe just a change or two. That would mean Bill Hamid in goal, with Daniel Woolard, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, and Robbie Russell in front of him. The midfield will feature Nick DeLeon, Dwayne De Rosario, Perry Kitchen, and Andy Najar, with Maicon Santos and Chris Pontius up top. That lineup isn't guaranteed though, as Emiliano Dudar, Branko Boskovic, Danny Cruz, and Hamdi Salihi could all possibly see their names included ahead of one of last week's starting 11.
Prediction: I don't think it will be easy to keep the Red Bulls off the board, especially after D.C. gave up so many chances last week. But United's offense has shown that its better than New York's defense already this seen. I'm predicting an entertaining 2-2 draw.
What are you drinking? Stella Artois
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