It's MLS' original team in black against a West Coast late adopter of the color. That's really all that's at stake tonight as D.C. United host the San Jose Earthquakes, last year's Supporters' Shield winners, who have fallen from 2012's lofty heights. If it sounds familiar to fans in the DMV, it should, but the Quakes are nevertheless in a better place than the Black-and-Red, their fired head coach notwithstanding. San Jose sit second from last in the Western Conference, but are still 12 points clear of our woeful, last-place United. Tonight, we'll see if we can do something about that.
Time: 7 pm EDT
Venue: Venerable-and-decrepit-at-the-same-time RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, DC
TV: Comcast SportsNet in the DMV, and MLS Live around the world
Projected D.C. Lineup: Bill Hamid in goal, and a defense of Chris Korb, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard and Alain Rochat. Perry Kitchen and John Thorrington in central midfield, with probably Kyle Porter and Nick DeLeon on the wings. Up front it will be Dwayne De Rosario behind one of Chris Pontius, Rafael Teixeira de Souza or Lionard Pajoy.
Prediction: San Jose's had a knack for falling behind, and D.C. United have finally figured out how to score every once in a while. Soccer's always been a game of contradictions, so let's be optimistic and fatalistic in the same space: our Capitalinos will go ahead early only to concede two late to fall 2-1. After all, there is still something of the Goonies about even this lesser edition of the Earthquakes.
What Are You Drinking: It's going to be a hot one, and sunny, today, so I'll be downing lots of water out in Lot 8. In between, though, because it's my buddy's turn to supply the beer, I'll be drinking whatever he brings along. Let's wait to see what he brings before we decide whether his choice will be an omen of tonight's events.