If you had to pick the worst possible road trip to take while riding a six-game losing streak, trip to Friso, Tex. might not be the top of the list, but it would probably be in the top 3. At least for D.C. United. (For the record, a trip to Houston and playing the Galaxy away would be the others.) But that's exactly what's on tap for tonight, as United travel to play FC Dallas.
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Time: 8:30 pm EDT
Venue: FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Tex.
TV: Comcast SportsNet, featuring the dulcet tones of Dave Johnson and the hard-hitting analysis of John Harkes. Outside of the D.C. area, the game will be available on MLS Live, which is free all weekend long.
Projected D.C. Lineup: Ben Olsen has said there will be changes - and rightfully so - after the team's streak of awful performances. Bill Hamid looks likely to stay in goal, and I expect Chris Korb and Daniel Woolard to retain their fullback spots. Look for one of Brandon McDonald or Dejan Jakovic to be replaced at centerback by home-grown backup Ethan White, though. In the midfield, I expect Perry Kitchen and Raphael Augusto to go in the middle, with Nick DeLeon and Kyle Porter on the wings. Up top, we'll see Rafael and Chris Pontius, with Dwayne De Rosario starting the game on the bench after a long 90 minutes on Wednesday night.
Prediction: Eventually, I'll get so frustrated that I say "screw it" and just predict United to win in spite of myself. But I'm not quite there yet, so I'll call a 2-1 win for the home side.
What Are You Drinking?: Redemption Rye, distilled in Lawrenceburg, Ind. and bottled in Bardstown, Ky. I may get fancy and mix up a sazerac cocktail, or I may keep it simple and just mix up a manhattan. Either way, I expect to be drinking it neat by halftime.
As always, this is the spot for pre-game, in-game and post-game conversation.