Greetings from New England, home to drive-thru/24-hour Dunkin’ Donuts and funny talkers. (I’m allowed to say that; I’m from here.) It’s an absurdly gorgeous spring day in Foxborough for the match between D.C. United and the Revolution at Gillette Stadium.
Busy weekend for Boston sports: Bruins vs. Washington Capitals at TD Garden at 3 p.m., Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park at 4, the Celtics are at New Jersey tonight and the Boston Marathon will be run Monday morning.
The MLS match features head coaches — Ben Olsen and Jay Heaps — who were in their teens when the league launched 16 years ago. Olsen, 34, is in his second full season; Heaps, 35, in his first.
My look at United’s defensive effort is here.
The Boston Globe’s profile of ex-DCUer Clyde Simms is here.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus in the D.C. area (find the channel here), Comcast SportsNet in New England, and Direct Kick and MLS Live elsewhere.
Notes: Midfielder Marcelo Saragosa returned to Brazil today after his father passed away last night. Stephen King was summoned from Washington and arrived around midnight.
Saragosa had missed two games to be with his father, and when the prognosis improved, he rejoined the club. He received the news of his father’s worsening condition last night at the team hotel....
Defender Emiliano Dudar suffered a minor hamstring injury Thursday and didn’t travel with the team.
DCU: Willis; Russell, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Cruz, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Maicon Santos, Salihi. Subs: Hamid, Korb, King, Boskovic, Najar, Pontius, Wolff.
N.E.: Reis; Alston, McCarthy, Soares, Tierney; Guy, Simms, Rowe, Nguyen; Moreno, Sene. Subs: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Cardenas, Feilhaber, Lozano, Purdie, Runstrom.
As usual, your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section.