Greetings from RFK Stadium. Cool, gray afternoon/evening along the banks of the mighty Anacostia for tonight’s MLS match between D.C. United and FC Dallas.
I’ve been known to grumble about the field when it's in rough shape, so only fair to praise the groundskeeping crew and share a photo of the emerald pitch.
While wandering the upper reaches, I also snapped this photo from inside the stadium facing the back of the giant Dwayne De Rosario banner above Gate A. DeRo is watching you!
Good news on the TV front: The April 18 home match against the Montreal Impact has been added to the Comcast SportsNet Plus schedule.
United absences tonight: MF Marcelo Saragosa (family medical issue in Brazil), MF Andy Najar (Honduras U-23 duty) and GK Bill Hamid (sprained ankle). I don’t expect D Dejan Jakovic (groin) to play.
United is also awaiting the arrival of English MF Lewis Neal. His work visa is pending — a brighter outlook than Luke Rodgers’ situation with his now former MLS club, the New York Red Bulls.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET. (Actually, closer to 7:50 because of TV.)
TV: NBC Sports Network (channel finder here).
I’ll have the lineups around 6:30.....
DCU: Willis; Russell, Dudar, McDonald, Woolard; Cruz, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Salihi, Santos. Subs: Wolff, Pontius, Boskovic, King, Korb, Morsink, Dykstra.
DAL: Hartman; Loyd, Pertuz, Ihemelu, Benitez; Rodriguez, Villar, Hernandez, Jacobson; Perez. Subs: Seitz, Hedges, Warshaw, Guarda, Leyva, Perea, Wiedeman.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section. Good luck with Mega Millions lottery tonight.