Last week, D.C. United ended their seven-match losing streak against one of the tougher teams to do that against, and this week, they'll look to finally put a second tally in the win column against another difficult opponent. Tonight, United will host the Portland Timbers, who haven't lost since the third week of the season - coincidentally, the last time D.C. won a game. The symmetry is too perfect for the Black-and-Red not to win - right? Right?
Let's do this.
Venue: The friendly, if bleak, confines of RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, DC
Time: 7 pm EDT
TV: Comcast SportsNet within the DMV, MLS Live in the provinces, and Univision Deportes nationwide
Projected D.C. Lineup: Bill Hamid between the sticks. With Dejan Jakovic's possible injury and Daniel Woolard's misadventures last week, I think we'll see some changes in the back four, with Chris Korb, Ethan White, Brandon McDonald and Taylor Kemp starting. Nick DeLeon will reprise his central role alongside Perry Kitchen, and the duo will line up behind the trio of Kyle Porter, Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius. Up top, it's anyone's guess, but I'll go with recent history and guess that Casey Townsend gets the nod.
Prediction: There will be goals. The only question is which side ends up with more. As with last week, I'm going to say, "screw it," and guess that United somehow finds a way to put a few into the net, good enough to win 3-2.
What Are You Drinking?: Thanks to Jason Anderson (known better around these parts as ChestRockwell), ever since recording the latest episode of our Filibuster podcast earlier this week, I've had rye IPA on the brain. Hopefully I'll find some on my way to our tailgate. Otherwise it'll be whichever Three Stripes or DC Brau growler my seat-mates bring along.
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