D.C. United's season opener two weeks ago at RFK Stadium certainly didn't go as we would have wanted, and the early bye week has left us a full two weeks to let the 3-0 defeat marinate. Today, finally, United can try to move forward as they visit Toronto FC. Not that the Black-and-Red will be favored in this game, not against a Reds side that now features Michael Bradley and Jermaine Defoe alongside former DC captain Dwayne De Rosario. So let's get ourselves an upset.
Time: 4:30pm EDT (Yeah, daylight saving time!)
Venue: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
TV/Streaming: With the snow in eastern Canada forcing the Montreal-Seattle match to be postponed till tomorrow, Univision Deportes will televise this afternoon's match nationwide en Español. The match is also available online in English (with Toronto's announcing crew) via MLS Live and for free within 75 miles of the District on dcunited.com/live.
Projected D.C. XI: I'm going to call for an unchanged side from the home opener, though I wouldn't be surprised to see Ben Olsen make one or two changes or even to modify his formation. I expect that 4-1-3-2 in front of Bill Hamid, with Sean Franklin, Jeff Parke, Bobby Boswell and Christian Fernandez in the back and Perry Kitchen just in front of them. Davy Arnaud, Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon will drive the attack from midfield behind Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola up top.
Filibuster previews DCU @ TFC w/ Kristin Knowles
Our podcast this week looks forward to Saturday's matchup with Toronto and invites Kristin Knowles from TFC blog Waking the Red to help us preview it.
Previews: Check out everything in our Match HQ - lineup projection, podcast, TFC scouting report, Q&A with a Toronto writer and more! - and be sure to see what our Toronto-based friends at Waking the Red have to say. Molly Bruh and the crew at dcunited.com also have their video preview up.
Prediction: This is a DC roster that should be able to score goals, and so that's what I'm calling for, especially with the defensive weakness of Toronto's fullbacks and the crossing ability of United's paired with Eddie Johnson's aerial ability. That said, DeRo is going to score, and so will Jermaine Defoe. Look for an exciting 2-2 draw.
What Are You Drinking?: Just in case my prediction is wrong, I've got the 9%+ abv On the Wings of Armageddon imperial IPA from DC Brau set aside for this one.
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