This evening, D.C. United take on an FC Dallas team missing plenty of defenders but with their dangerous offense still intact. Dallas have a pair of 2-0 wins over Eastern Conference teams at home, and were blown out 5-0 in their only road game and their only game against the Western Conference.
United has shown fits and starts of a coherent attack so far, and will need those pieces to quickly coalesce into an entire game in order to take advantage of Dallas' decimated back line and to keep the pressure off of Bobby Boswell and Kofi Opare. Chris Seitz is a decent goalkeeper, but if United can turn more of last week's shots into shots on goal, they should be able to break down Seitz and his defense.
Despite the name and the hype, FC Dallas is there for the taking. Now let's see if United can step up and do it.
Key Player: Nick DeLeon
Even more than the last two games, DeLeon is going to need to disrupt Dallas' midfield in order for United to succeed. Against Colorado, he had no interceptions and was well down on the list of ball recoveries. His passing was excellent, and will need to remain so, but if he can help Marcelo Sarvas keep Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz, and company off balance it will go a long way towards winning this game.
Location: RFK Memorial Stadium (Washington, DC)
Kick-off time: 5:30pm Eastern
Available TV: WJLA and regional affiliates
Available streaming: MLS Live for those outside the blackout radius
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