On the road against the undefeated MLS Cup champions in one of the toughest playing environments in the league? With only one top-choice starter available on the back-line? Yeah, that adds up to be one of the hardest matches DC United will face all season. Let's see how Ben Olsen responds when the odds are stacked against him.
Time: 7:00 PM
Starting Lineup: We talked about one possible starting lineup yesterday that would give Branko Boskovic, Charlie Davies, and Blake Brettschneider their first starts of the year. I actually think though that one of the two forwards (probably Brettschneider) is likely to begin the match on the bench in favor of Joseph Ngwenya, and emerge instead as a substitute in the second half. United's depleted back-line will feature three starters from last week in Marc Burch, Rodrigo Brasesco, and Chris Korb, and also Daniel Woolard, who will be making his first MLS start in two years. Dax McCarty and Kurt Morsink will occupy the central midfield once again for D.C., while Chris Pontius is likely to start opposite Boskovic, forcing Andy Najar to serve as a second half reserve. Oh yeah, and Pat Onstad will start in net, in what I'm predicting will be the second-to-last match of his MLS career.
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