If nothing else, you guys, we already know that the U.S. Men's National Team has won a game where they'd never taken three points in a World Cup Qualifier. So no matter what D.C. United does tonight against the New England Revolution, the weekend can't be called a total failure. Right?
Oh, who am I kidding. United need a result in the worst possible way. We need to end the club-record 11-match league winless streak. We need to get our goals-per-game closer to 1 than to 0. We need to not concede multiple goals in a game. We need to look like we belong on the field.
So here's hoping against hope our needs are met - for once - tonight.
Time: 7:30 pm EDT
Venue: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. (Which is closer to Providence, R.I. than it is to Boston, in case you were wondering.)
TV: Comcast SportsNet within the DMV, MLS Live elsewhere (though you'll probably get the Revs announcing crew).
Projected D.C. Lineup: Bill Hamid returns to goal after his stint backing up the USMNT. The back line is a toss-up, but I'll hazard a guess that Chris Korb, Ethan White, Brandon McDonald and Daniel Woolard get the nod tonight. Perry Kitchen and John Thorrington should start in central midfield, with Kyle Porter and Nick DeLeon on the wings. Up top, we'll have Chris Pontius, with Dwayne De Rosario underneath.
Prediction: I've come all the way back around on my "screw it" strategy. For a while, it was "predict a win because screw it." And now, I'm tempted just to predict losses no matter the matchup until we actually manage not to lose again. Revs 2-0.
What Are You Drinking?: I'll be at the team watch party tonight at the Pug (1234 H St, NE), sipping on the new collaboration between the club and DC Brau, the Tradition golden ale.
Here we go again. This is your place for pre-game, in-game and post-game discussion. Vamos!