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The Black-and-Red open RFK for the 2013 season tonight against Western Conference power RSL. We've got all the info you need to watch the game as well as, of course, the gamethread.
Last week was the return of MLS for the year, and - the result notwithstanding - that was good. But today is the day we've really been waiting for ever since D.C. United crashed out of the playoffs last fall: our return to RFK Stadium. Our opponent tonight is former United 'keeper Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake. Get yourself ready for the game by catching up on our coverage throughout this week in our StoryStream. Let's do this.
Time: 7 pm
Venue: The friendly confines of Robert Francis Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, DC
TV: No real television coverage in the region, as the club is still working out a multi-year local TV contract. If you have MLS Live or Direct Kick, though, you can watch the game there, as there will be no local blackout this week.
Projected D.C. Lineup: We're pretty confident about 9/11 of the starting XI today. Bill Hamid will be in the net. Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald will be partnered in defense. The fullbacks will include two of Daniel Woolard, Chris Korb and James Riley (I'm betting on the first two). Perry Kitchen and Marcelo Saragosa will hold down the center of midfield. Nick DeLeon will be on one wing, Lionard Pajoy will be up top and Chris Pontius will also be in one of those spots. Expect to see Marcos Sanchez make his first start for United today, either in central attacking midfield or on the right wing.
Prediction: Without DeRo to embarras the RSL defense time and again, as he did the last time these teams met at RFK, I'm expecting a scoring draw tonight. Look for Chris Pontius to make the scoresheet along with one of Real's midfielders.
What Are You Drinking?: I'll be in the press box tonight, so it'll probably be water for me.
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