Last week, D.C. United faced a high-pressing, attack-minded team known for their ability to possess the ball. The Black-and-Red responded by creating most of the threats and came away ruing set piece mistakes in a 2-2 draw that flattered the New York Red Bulls to an extreme.
This time around, things are rather different. The Houston Dynamo are not going to press, and they're not going engage in much pretty soccer. Last week, United had to use the ball well to keep NYRB from getting their attack going. Tonight they'll still need to be clever and skillful, but this time it will be about breaking down a team featuring three defensive midfielders and a goalkeeper in great form.
Kickoff time: 7:00pm EST
Venue: Robert F. Kennedy Stadium (Washington, DC)
TV/Streaming: CSN Washington will carry the game for fans that can't make it to RFK, while folks who live outside the DMV can turn to MLS Live.
D.C. United Projected Starting 11: We're expecting something pretty close to the same eleven that started last week. That means a 442 featuring Bill Hamid in goal; Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Kofi Opare, and Taylor Kemp in the back; a midfield of either Michael Farfan or Nick DeLeon on the right, Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud in the middle, and Chris Rolfe on the left; and finally Chris Pontius and Jairo Arrieta up front.
The non-starter from Farfan or DeLeon will probably come in off the bench, while everyone will be hoping to see Luis Silva coming in for half an hour or so. Conor Doyle, as is often the case, will probably be the third sub as long as no one picks up an injury.
Match previews: Staying here on B&RU, we've got Behind Enemy Lines, recalled some more typical United-Dynamo weather from 2008, took a look at the expected lineups for both United and the Dynamo, and come within one vote of unanimously predicting a Black-and-Red victory. Over at fellow SBN blog Dynamo Theory, they're expecting a goalkeeping duel today. Over at The Washington Post, Steve Goff focuses on Kitchen after a big weekfor United's #23.
What are you drinking?: As per usual, I will have to pick up a six-pack on the way to RFK. I'm leaning towards a pale ale at the moment, but might be tempted by various summer ales due to the beautiful weather out there today.
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