After an ill-advised jaunt to Jacksonville to help Shahid Khan dedicate his new video-board and throw a Carrie Underwood concert, D.C. United is back in action with games that actually matter. United welcomes Michael Bradley, Jermaine Defoe, and the rest of Toronto FC to town to play their only game at RFK this regular season. As we all know, this starts the heart of D.C. United's season, with nine games between now and August 31. Getting full points whenever the team has its full complement of starters on the field is now, even more than before, of the utmost importance.
If you are unable to be at RFK Stadium tonight, then come watch with us!
Kickoff time: 7:00 PM EDT
Venue: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, DC
TV/Streaming: This game will be available on CSN Mid-Atlantic for those of you within its viewing area; for those of you who are not, you can watch the game on MLS Live.
Projected D.C. United starting XI: As I have been hinting (or flat out saying), I think that D.C. United will put forth their full starting lineup for this game, especially since most of them got some much needed rest during the game against Fulham FC. That means Bill Hamid in goal, with a back line of Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Steve Birnbaum, and Chris Korb. The midfield will be Nick DeLeon, Davy Arnaud, Perry Kitchen, and Chris Rolfe, with Eddie Johnson and Luis Silva as the forwards.
Match previews: As always, we have our patented scouting report, along with our episode of Filibuster and our prediction thread for this match. D.C. United has their match preview, as do our friends at Waking the Red.
Prediction: D.C. United is rested, Toronto FC has been dealing with some fixture congestion. Perfect scenario for a D.C. United letdown, right? If this team truly is different, they should take care of business and get points when there are points to be had. Give me a 2-1 victory for the Black-and-Red against the dark-grey-and-somewhat-different-red.
What are you drinking? My larder is running dry, so I may have to go to the store and pick something up. Or, I could just go with the bourbon I have left and see what I can find to mix it with. Either way, it will be fun!
As always, please join us for all of the pre-game, in-game, and post-game coverage.