When the schedule came out before the season, I thought this match could be the deciding factor in determining the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Oops. As it turns out, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire have each struggled to disappointing records. And all that each team has left to play for is a respectable showing to honor legendary players who are retiring.
Today will be Brian McBride's final match in Toyota Park. And by the way, it will be televised ;)
Game time: 4:00 pm
Television: Comcast SportsNet
Projected starting lineup: After utilizing our worst starting lineup of the season (ever?) last week due to injuries, suspensions, and international absences, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, Branko Boskovic, and Andy Najar will all return for United. That's huge. Boskovic is the only one who might not start as he returns victorious following Montenegro's 0-0 draw against England at Wembley Stadium. Adam Cristman is also healthy enough to make the travel roster for today, and may even start ahead of Danny Allsopp at forward. But it will be Najar who might have the biggest impact as he tries to wrap up his Rookie of the Year campaign.
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