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GameThread: Seattle Sounders At D.C. United

With two home matches this week against talented Western Conference opponents, earning four points or more is vital, and its doable. It starts tonight with a visit from the hated Seattle Sounders, a team which DC United defeated on the road just over a month ago in the last match on the planet before the start of the World Cup. Earning the same result tonight would be a huge step in United's bid to remain in playoff contention.

Game Time: 8:00 PM

Television: ESPN2,, ESPN-Deportes

Projected Starting Lineup: Our draw with the New York Red Bulls just five days ago featured maybe United's best defensive effort of the season. Defenders Devon McTavish, Dejan Jakovic, Julius James, and Jordan Graye all performed admirably well, and will be expected to do the same against a good attacking team tonight.

This match is likely to feature the introduction of both newly signed players Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez. We expect Hernandez to start up top with Santino Quaranta, and Boskovic to come off the bench, since the midfielder hasn't played a competitive match in several months.

If you're going to the match, sing loud and be proud. If not, this is your place for pre-game, in-game, and post-game thoughts.