There's not much more to say about D.C. United and the CONCACAF Champions League. As you'll see below, we've already put together a novella on tonight's game with Queretaro. After an offseason of over 3 months, United is back on the field in a game you can look at two ways: It's daunting because it involves opening the season against a Liga MX opponent, but it's also a game against an opponent in mediocre form who, stylistically, is a pretty good match-up for the Black-and-Red.
Are you ready? Let's do this thing!
Projected Starting 11:
Starting XI: Dykstra; Kemp, Birnbaum, Boswell, Franklin; Rolfe, Marcelo, DeLeon, Nyarko; Acosta, Espíndola #tchub pic.twitter.com/YQ03h7tqVV— D.C. United (@dcunited) February 24, 2016
Match previews: We covered United's likely starting eleven over the weekend, talked about Queretaro's projected starters yesterday, listed the keys for United if they're going to get a result, and previewed the game this morning (that piece also has the TV/streaming info, in case you need it). Also, since we're the only English-language outlet covering this game in person, you should check out Steven Streff's exclusive with Ben Olsen (and some players as well).
Referee: We're not sure. It's not posted anywhere that we've found yet.
What are you drinking?: I slept about 3 hours last night, so I will be making a cup of coffee just before gametime. After that, I have Flying Dog's K9 Winter Ale, which is a great beer for a cold, rainy evening.
Prediction: I can see this one going a bunch of different ways depending on when the first goal is scored and who scores it. Last year I was hyper-aggressive with my predictions, so I might scale this one back. United gets a lead on a set piece, but Queretaro uses their fitness and the altitude to haul themselves level and then scores a winner in the final 10 minutes. A 2-1 loss that stings, but still leaves hope for advancement. Steve Birnbaum scores for United, and for Queretaro I'll go with Tito Villa and Angel Sepulveda.
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