Greetings from RFK Stadium for United’s first home league match in four weeks. United went West for the past two games, and now the West comes East tonight with the San Jose Earthquakes in town. The Quakes endured severe delays leaving the Bay Area on Thursday and didn’t reach their D.C. hotel until 4:30 a.m. Friday. Ain’t air travel grand?
Both clubs are unbeaten in their past five matches: United 2-0-3, San Jose 3-0-2. Both are 4-4-4 for 16 points, a dead heat that doesn’t matter in the respective conference standings but could come into play for wild-card playoff berths in October.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick.
Announcers: Tony Limarzi, Thomas Rongen.
DCU lineup and subs to come later. I now expect the same 11 as last week, with Fred and Brettschneider retained and McCarty and Davies in reserve.
DCU: Hamid; Korb, Kitchen, White, Woolard; Najar, Simms, Fred, Pontius; Wolff, Brettschneider. Subs: Cronin, Zayner, Barklage, McCarty, King, Ngwenya, Davies.
I will set up a separate blog thread for the U.S. national team’s Gold Cup match against Panama later. Kickoff is around 8 p.m. in Tampa (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura, univisionfutbol.com).
Your DCU pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged in our comments section.