D.C. United go to Montreal to take on the Impact tomorrow afternoon, where almost all of the staff is predicting a multi-goal win for the Black and Red. A win would break the record for most points in a season for United, guarantee that they would host MLS Cup against anyone except LA or Seattle, and put United in a place where they could pass LA should Seattle beat them this weekend. We are pretty confident, but let us know how you are feeling in the comments!
It's pretty amazing to have a league match that doesn't mean anything because we've clinched everything that we can clinch, not because we're terrible and there is no hope. I don't expect to see a repeat of the side that faced Tauro FC on Tuesday, but I do think it will be rotated. Give me a 1-1 draw, with Marco Di Vaio sending himself off in style with the lone Impact tally, and Collin Martin for DCU, because he should play, right? Jared Jeffrey? Someone from the midfield?
The Columbus Crew are so HOT right now. And the New England Revolution, holy cow. OMG, what about this dramatic Sounders-Galaxy king-of-the-mountain battle right now? Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas have just been looking crazy good when it matters. And how could we ever stop talking about the Timbers, no matter what they're doing after the regular season? Henri, also. Oh, yeah, DC United, or whatever they're called, prevails over Montreal, 2-0.
DC United - #1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, #1 seed in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals...let that sink in for a minute. This team has come a long way from this time last year and it's been fun to watch. This weekend in Montreal is a chance for Ben Olsen to find which lineups he can count on in the playoffs, so I expect to see mostly first-teamers with a couple of the reserves featuring in this side that goes north to Francophone Canada. But, Benny is going to make sure that the squad that takes the field doesn't let up, as there's still a chance we can be #2 in the Supporters Shield standings and host MLS Cup against anyone not named Seattle. I say we go up to Montreal, eat their poutine and ruin Di Vaio's last run for L'Impact. I'm calling it 2-0 United with goals by Espindola and EJ.
Montreal has actually finished a poor season with a run of non-losses, so they're not as bad as they may seem. However, last week's game with TFC saw them lose 3 of their 4 starting defenders, and that dirt bag Felipe was injured in the CCL last night. They simply don't have the talent to make up for those absences. 3-1 United, with goals from EJ, Espindola, and Birnbaum.
Montreal played midweek, the only reason to watch them play right now (Nacho Piatti) is out at last check, and they couldn't beat a reserve Metros club midweek. 3-1 DC, with Espindola, Boswell and Johnson ambushing Felipe in the parking lot style a la Four Horsemen on Dusty Rhodes.
Ben Olsen and his captain Bobby Boswell want D.C. United to be playing well as they enter the playoffs. And they are a team that is getting results, so expect them to go for another on the road in La belle province. Nick DeLeon is still due, so look for him to get on the board, along with Fabi, and D.C. United return to the DMV with a tidy 2-0 win. More Bill Hamid incredible saves will be on tap, but that is now de rigueur.
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Montreal played their first-choice team in New Jersey midweek and will be without several of their best players. D.C. United sent zero starters to Panama, and the first XI are looking to build momentum, rhythm and understanding heading into the playoffs. Montreal have nothing left to play for, while the Black-and-Red are trying to better their chances of hosting MLS Cup. Finally, the Impact are a bad soccer team, while United very are not. Give me another four-goal outburst in front of the Francophones - 4-1 DCU win.
United have little to lose going into this one, and Montreal, seeing as how they're not so great at the soccer this year, don't really have anything to lose either. But that doesn't mean the Impact will suddenly bust out their good moves and bring it to the Black-and-Red. I expect a pretty straightforward win for our guys--I'm going 3-0 and hoping for a DeLeon goal (I want him super ready for the playoffs. Come on, Nicky D!).
It is the last game of the season, but United still have MLS Cup hosting seeding to play for, and besides that Ben Olsen won't let them take this game off. Integrating Eddie Johnson and Chris Pontius further into the lineup is important too. Give me a 3-1 victory for the Black and Red, with goals by Johnson, Espindola, and Perry Kitchen, with Marco Di Vaio getting one in his finale.