Montreal Impact vs. D.C. United TV/streaming, lineup, previews, prediction and gamethread

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United look to take over first place in the Eastern Conference with a win over cellar-dwelling Montreal in both teams' final match before the two-week World Cup break.

The USMNT aren't the only ones crossing international borders in pursuit of glory: our own D.C. United are in the French part of the Great White North tonight to take on the Montreal Impact. The Black-and-Red have a chance to take over first place in MLS' Eastern Conference with a win, while the hosts are looking to escape the conference basement (at least on points per game - they currently trail ninth place Chicago by 4 points) and take something, anything positive into the league's two-week World Cup break.

United's job, as it so often is: Sweep the leg.

Kickoff Time: 7:30pm EDT

Venue: Stade Saputo in Montreal, Quebec

TV/Streaming: CSN Mid-Atlantic for those of you in the immediate vicinity of the District, MLS Live for the rest of you. Except in Canada. They get their own broadcast on TSN/RDS, whatever those are.

Projected DC XI: Ben Olsen might do some squad rotation due to the quick turnaround from last weekend's draw against the Crew at FedExField. But with a long break from league play coming up, I think it's more likely he sticks with his normal starters. Look for the usual 4-4-2, with differences only for injury: Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, Cristian Fernandez; Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud, Chris Rolfe; Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola.

Previews: You know about our StoryStream, of course. That's where you'll find all our coverage of tonight's game, so go check that out. And also click over to Mount Royal Soccer to get the Quebecois perspective on l'affaire de ce soir.

Prediction: United rebound from a lackluster showing against Columbus and get their second road win of the year, bringing a 2-0 win back home.

What Are You Drinking?: I'm on the hunt for Flying Dog's unicorn of a beer: Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, and I've got some leads, so hopefully I'll have some on hand when I get home for the game tonight.

Welcome to the last DCU gamethread for a little while. This is your place for pre-game, in-game and post-game commentary and conversation.


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