This afternoon is the group-stage finale of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, and D.C. United will kick off the day's action against the Montreal Impact. The result will help determine where each side finishes in the group standings and so who and when United will play in the tournament's final round next Saturday. As is our way when MLSSoccer.com streams the game, we have the video up above for your viewing pleasure, or if you prefer a separate window, we've also set up another page with just the video (opens in a new window).
Our man Stephen Whiting is on the scene down in Florida - great timing, by the way, to leave during a very spring-like end of the week in D.C. but before last night's cold snap - and hopefully he'll be able to check in from time to time. If not, though, he's promised to write up his thoughts later in the weekend.
Time: 1 p.m.
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Kissimmee, Fla.
TV: MLSSoccer.com Channel 1. Also at the top of this page and over here (opens in a new window).
Projected D.C. Lineup: I wonder whether today will be the day that Olsen mixes things up at the start or whether we'll see another all-first-choice lineup for the first half hour, as we did against Kansas City. A coin flip tells me the former, so I'll say Bill Hamid starts in net, with a back four of Chris Korb, Shavar Thomas (trialist), Dejan Jakovic and Daniel Woolard. I figure our first choice central midfield pairing of Perry Kitchen and Marcelo Saragosa will start, with trialists Marcos Sanchez and Kyle Porter on the outside. On the front line, we'll get our first taste of Dwayne De Rosario paring new young Designated Player Rafael Gladiador - at least, that's what I'm hoping for.
What Are You Drinking?: Honestly? Coffee. Just coffee.
Consider this your place for pre-game, in-game and post-game discussion.
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