The best team in the league visits the worst team in the league. Does D.C. United stand a chance against the Los Angeles Galaxy? If our mid-week loss to the Sounders is any indication, then probably not. But United has shown signs other times this season that they are better than that. We'll find out tonight.
Game Time: 7:30 PM
Television: Fox Soccer Channel
Projected Starting Lineup: The goalkeeper will be the same, the backline will be the same. The biggest question will be whether Branko Boskovic and/or Pablo Hernandez start this match, or come off the bench like they did against Seattle. Hernandez seems likeliest to start, especially with forward Adam Cristman currently in Germany for hernia surgery. Boskovic and Hernandez will want to keep their eyes on Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle for examples of what a real playmaker and striker combination in MLS should look like.
If you've been hanging out on this blog today, then you've seenthe tips we have for beating L.A. For United to do it, they can't give up the ball as often as they did Thursday night, they have to exploit certain matchups, and they have to play tough. It won't be easy, it won't be pretty, but it must be done.
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.