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GameThread: Real Salt Lake at DC United, US Open Cup

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DC United's quest to return to the US Open Cup Finals for the third year in a row continues tonight against Real Salt Lake. As outlined here earlier today, and complemented by RSL Soapbox's preview, this match should prove much more difficult than DC's 4-2 victory over FC Dallas in the previous round.

Game time: 7:30pm EST

Television: Match to be streamed live on dcunited.com

Stadium Info: Get your tickets at the RFK box office.

Projected Starting Lineup: 

    Perkins    
McTavish James   Rice Graye
  Morsink   King  
Khumalo       Castillo
  Emilio   Moreno  
 

 Last minute thoughts:  United's mission statement is to "Win Championships and Serve the Community."  Judging by tonight's lineup, only the second phrase appears to be a priority in 2010. DC is using a collection of players in its front 6 that has fallen far short of expectations so far this season (with the exception of Stephen King). By starting two wingers (Cristian Castillo and Thabiso Khumalo) who have failed to produce the hard work rate that our team needs, a great amount of pressure may be placed on our fullbacks. In order for DC United to advance tonight, Troy Perkins, Julius James, and Barry Rice will all need to have great matches. Luckily for us, each is capable of doing just that.

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