After playing a majorly revamped team in their first preseason game on Wednesday, D.C. United will take the field tonight against the Chicago Fire, another team making major changes, none bigger than ditching former head coach Frank Klopas and replacing him with Frank Yallop, most recently of the San Jose Earthquakes. The Fire have their fair share of new players into camp, as well - though maybe not quite the double-digit number of new arrivals that Ben Olsen is integrating.
Anyway, time for some preseason soccer.
Time: 7pm EST
Venue: IMG Academy Stadium, Bradenton, Fla.
Live Streaming: Just like Wednesday night, this one will be streaming via YouTube - though hopefully with significantly less buffering. It's embedded right here for your viewing convenience.
Previews: The good people at dcunited.com have a video preview of the game, and our SB Nation sister site Hot Time in Old Town has their own look at what Frank Yallop will be trying to implement through this preseason.
Projected D.C. Lineup: Like I said on Wednesday, it's a bit silly to try and predict the lineup in a preseason game, especially since the likelihood of seeing anybody play for longer than an hour - or even a half - is slim. But we're here for you, United fans, and I think we'll see largely the same side that started against Toronto, with latecomers to camp comprising the only changes. Look for Bill Hamid to make his 2014 preseason debut in the net, with the new first-choice back four ahead of him: Sean Franklin, Jeff Parke, Bobby Boswell and newcomer Christian Fernandez. The central midfield will be Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud, with Kyle Porter, Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon running ahead of them. Up top, we'll see Eddie Johnson make his first appearance in Black-and-Red.
Prediction: United will score a goal, at some point. You will continue to hear the words "fitness" and "chemistry" combined with verbs like "build" and "create." The result still won't matter.
What Are You Drinking: I'm thinking gin martini, with a twist. Granted I'm writing this the night before the game, but I think that's going to sound good come kickoff.
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