It doesn’t feel like mid-August at RFK Stadium today, which is a good thing after months of searing heat. Nothing’s perfect, though, as a steady rain has been falling much of the afternoon ahead of D.C. United’s critical MLS match against the Philadelphia Union. The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time outlook.
Danny Cruz and Lionard Pajoy get to show their former clubs they erred in trading them this past week. Freddy Adu is back in town — it’s really been eight-plus years since his pro debut in Washington?
While the Union is clinging to fading postseason aspirations, United is technically out at the moment. I say technically, because although DCU and Montreal are tied on 36 points for the last slot in the Eastern Conference, United has played five fewer matches. So barring a major downfall, DCU will remain in good standing for a playoff berth heading into the late stages of the campaign.
My preview today addresses United’s rigorous stretch: 5 matches in 14 days, the most congested period of the season.
Kickoff: 5:21 p.m. ET.
TV: NBC Sports Network.
DCU: Hamid; Jakovic, McDonald, Dudar, Korb; Najar, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Pontius, Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Chabala, Boskovic, White, Saragosa, Tan, Salihi.
PHL: MacMath; Williams, G.Farfan, Valdes, Okugo; Carroll, Lahoud, M.Farfan; Cruz, Adu, McInerney. Subs: Harrison, Albright, Gaddis, Daniel, Torres, Hoffman, Hoppenot.
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