At this point, I'm not even sure vengeance is what D.C. United will be looking for tonight as they visit the Chicago Fire for the second time in 2013. Back on June 2, the Black-and-Red dropped a 2-0 result in the Windy City, thanks to an own-goal and a late counter-attack, and they'll be looking to improve on that performance while also building momentum for their next visit to the Midway in just 18 days' time for a U.S. Open Cup semifinal. The team has lost so many games, though, that I doubt revenge will be at the front of their mind's - getting anything out of league games and building toward Open Cup glory and a revival next season are likely all the motivation Ben Olsen's side need. That and earning a roster spot to be part of next year's campaign.
I'm just hoping the guys give us an effort we can take some pride in tonight.
Time: 8:30 pm EDT
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
TV/streaming: Comcast SportsNet in DC and environs, online streaming via MLS Live in the hinterlands
Match Previews: Before kickoff, be sure to read ChestRockwell's in-depth scouting report on the Fire as well as our question exchange with SB Nation's Chicago Fire site Hot Time in Old Town. If you're feeling really ambitious and have 40 minutes to kill before gametime, we'd like to encourage you to check out the latest episode of our podcast, Filibuster, which previews tonight's match. For an unaldulterated Chicago perspective, be sure to check out Sean Spence's thoughts and Adam Merges' preview over at HTiOT.
Projected Lineup: Joe Willis will get the start in goal, and we should see Chris Korb, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard and one of James Riley or Taylor Kemp in front of him. Bank on John Thorrington and Perry Kitchen in central midfield, behind the trio of Kyle Porter, Luis Silva and Chris Pontius. I expect Carlos Ruiz to get the nod up top after finally finding his scoring touch last week against Chivas de Guadalajara. Of course, this all assumes that Olsen holds out Dwayne De Rosario and Nick DeLeon, both of whom have missed recent time due to injury and recently returned to full training.
Prediction: 1-1 draw, with Carlos Ruiz finally breaking United's foreverlong streak of not scoring from the run of play before MIke Magee levels things.
What Are You Drinking?: It's already feeling like a Flying Dog kind of day, so I'll be going with the Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale.
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- D.C. United Scouting Report: Chicago Fire
- Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United: Behind Enemy Lines with Fire blog Hot Time in Old Town
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- D.C. United acquires Conor Doyle, continues to get younger and American-er
- Filibuster Podcast: Week 20 - Previewing D.C. United's trip to the Windy City