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GameThread 21: D.C. United Vs. Sporting Kansas City

This might be the biggest game of the D.C. United season so far, and yet there hasn't been much hype as you might expect. Maybe the collective D.C. sports fan's consciousness has been consumed by the Olympics, or the debut of Robert Griffin III. Maybe its because we're not really used to having a regular schedule of games again. Maybe we're just concerned that what happened on March 10th will happen again.

On March 10th, United was dominated by Sporting Kansas City, with the visitors to RFK Stadium holding more possession, winning more challenges, and generating more scoring chances. United relied heavily on Bill Hamid to keep the game scoreless before falling to a 1-0 score in the final minutes.

It seems like forever ago, and much has changed since. There's one thing that hasn't changed though: D.C. United has yet to beat a playoff contender on the road. Maybe that will change tonight.

Game time: 8:30 PM

TV: Comcast SportsNet

Projected starting lineup: We've spent well over a 1,000 words this week talking about a single position: left back. And while United has solved that issue with the addition of Mike Chabala, it doesn't seem likely that he'll start tonight after training just once with his new club. So I'm expecting Andy Najar to line up at right back, with Chris Korb move to the left. The rest of the lineup will probably be the same as the one that beat the Columbus Crew last week. Brandon McDonald and Emiliano Dudar will be the center backs, with Chris Pontius, Branko Boskovic, Perry Kitchen, and Nick DeLeon in the midfield in front of them. Dwayne De Rosario and Long Tan will lineup at the top of the formation.

Prediction: It won't be boring, but I'm predicting a 0-0 draw.

What are you drinking? Landshark

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