Greetings from PPL Park in Chester, Pa., where I’m filling in for Steven Goff while he’s up north somewhere relaxing and enjoying some well-deserved time off.
It’s my first time up here, and I’m enjoying the river view from the press box. I am not enjoying the large brown metal column that blocks my view of one goal, though.
I wrote today about D.C. United’s need to maintain a high work ethic as they look to pick back up where they left off before a three week break.
A major benefit to the extended break from league play: guys got healthy. Chris Pontius, Nick DeLeon, Danny Cruz and Robbie Russell are all fully fit and ready to go. And Ben Olsen said Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic were available today, as well. We’ll see if De Rosario gets a full run after his international duty with Canada.
Lineups and TV info after the jump...
Kickoff: 7 pm
TV: Galavision, Comcast SportsNet
We’ll see if things get chippy tonight in a rivalry game, especially after things escalated in United’s Open Cup loss on June 5. And, of course, there’s the storyline of Philly playing its first game under interim coach John Hackworth, who replaced Peter Nowak .
Oh, and the Union has not won a home game since April 14. (Thanks to D.C. United PR guru Ryan Tronovitch.)
United Lineup : Hamid; Russell, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; Najar, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Pontius, Santos. Subs: Willis, Salihi, Boskovic, Cruz, Saragosa, Neal, Dudar.
As usual, this is your place for pregame, in-game and postgame commentary. Enjoy.