This is a game that really has no expectations attached to it. At least for D.C. United. The last place team in MLS, coming off a home loss to a mediocre Vancouver side and totally unable to score from the run of play, United will play in front of the largest crowd they'll see all season when they take the field against the Seattle Sounders, a team that attacks with speed and that, in Sigi Schmid, has a coach who is happy to tailor his strategy to the other teams weaknesses. And in United's case, those weaknesses are legion. For a more in-depth look, be sure to read ChestRockwell's scouting report on the Sounders.
So let's just have some fun and see if we can't give the city of Seattle some heartburn.
Time: 10 pm EDT
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
TV/streaming: Comcast SportsNet in the DMV, online streaming via MLS Live elsewhere
Projected D.C. Lineup: Joe Willis will start in goal. In front of him, I expect we'll see the same back four we saw last week: Chris Korb, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, Alain Rochat. We can be sure Perry Kitchen will start in central midfield, but from there, it's a bit murkier. I think we may see John Thorrington get the nod alongside Kitchen, despite his age and injury history (and the fact that he's played three games in the last 10 days already). On the outside, look for Sainey Nyassi and Kyle Porter. Chris Pontius will nominally play as a second forward, most likely behind Carlos Ruiz or Casey Townsend.
Prediction: 2-0 Seattle. United just don't have the horses this year. I think we may frustrate the Sounders for a while, especially with no Osvaldo Alonso in their midfield, but in the end, they're a significantly better team, and we're on the road, where somehow United are even worse than at home.
What Are You Drinking?: I'm thinking sidecar, and I'm not at all sure why. It's been a long time since I had one, and I know I've got some brandy and some orange liqueur around. I guess that's really all you need.
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