Last week, D.C. United broke a long, unwelcome streak by beating LA for the first time since 2008. Tonight, they break another streak: It's the Black-and-Red's first visit to Florida for a competitive match since the demise of the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny. Orlando City SC will play host tonight at the Citrus Bowl, and the expansion side looks like they'll put up a tricky challenge for United.
Kickoff time: 7:00pm EST
Venue: Citrus Bowl (Orlando, FL)
TV/Streaming: UniMas and Univision Deportes will both have the game in Spanish, and both have made an English-language broadcast available via the SAP button on your remote control.
D.C. United Projected Starting 11: As Luis Silva is probably no more than 30 minutes fit, the only change I see from last week is Kofi Opare replacing the injured Steve Birnbaum. He'll partner Bobby Boswell, with Sean Franklin and Taylor Kemp on the right and left sides of the back four. Bill Hamid will be in goal, and the midfield will remain unchanged as well: Nick DeLeon on the right, Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud in the middle, and Chris Rolfe on the left (at least to start). Chris Pontius and Jairo Arrieta will pair up at forward.
Substitutions will be interesting. Silva needs minutes at some point to start pushing towards full fitness, so if he makes the bench and nothing goes wrong, he pretty much has to enter at some point. I think we'll also see Michael Farfan come on, though where that is likely depends on how the game is going on. If things are going really well, we might see him enter for a forward and play in central midfield so as to further clog up the space around Kaka. The last sub could be Conor Doyle, but I think plenty of fans would like to see Miguel Aguilar. If United is behind, I bet we do see Aguilar instead of Doyle.
Match previews: We've got your scouting report here, an OCSC projected lineup here, pre-game quotes from Arnaud and Ben Olsen here, the traditional pre-match question exchange with The Mane Land here, our staff final score predictions here, and a lineup prediction much like the one above here. Steve Goff talked to Olsen about Opare at length over at The Washington Post. MLSsoccer.com says that tonight's referee will be Chris Penso, who in 60 MLS games has given out 17 red cards and 20 penalty kicks.
What are you drinking?: When this publishes, I will be in front of a cooler full of beer at my local liquor store. I'm most likely going to grab an IPA, but I never really know until I'm walking out the door.
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