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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 08/19/2012

D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

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.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in our comments section.

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