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GameThread: Real Salt Lake at DC United

It was just three days ago that DC United defeated Real Salt Lake in extra time of a US Open Cup play-in match. Now the two sides are at it again, but this time in MLS action, and with their full starting lineups. DC has won their last three matches in all competitions, but RSL is on a five game winning streak in MLS. This one could be good.

Game time: 7:30pm EST

Television: Comcast SportsNet

Stadium Info: Get your tickets at the RFK box office.  Pregame festivities include a concert from the Lloyd Dobler Effect and of course the legendary Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles tailgates. 

Projected Starting Lineup: 


Graye James   Pena Wallace
  Simms   King  
Najar       Pontius
  Quaranta   Allsopp  


Last minute thoughts:  United faced Salt Lakes top three attackers for 60 of the 120 minutes on Wednesday night, and held them to only a penalty kick goal. It's tough to see our backline doing the same to Alvaro Saborio, Fabian Espindola, and Javier Morales again. But United is in their best form of the year, and should be set to make a game of it against the defending champions. As is often true in soccer, the first goal will be absolutely critical, as United has struggled all season to fight back when they find themselves down. I'm not surprised to see RSL fans a bit overconfident, but we should probably all expect a close and exciting game.

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