Matchnight #25: D.C. United at Chivas USA

It’s been 20 days since D.C. United last played: Will we see a club refreshed and rejuvenated or one that sputters to find a rhythm? Perhaps a combinaton of all elements. United has played the fewest matches in MLS — five fewer than two other clubs — but points are urgently needed in the next few games to make up ground and gain playoff position in the inferior Eastern Conference.

United (31 points) welcomed earlier results Saturday: Houston (35) losing at Kansas City (40), Philadelphia (36) held to a draw at home by Portland, Toronto (27) winning at Columbus (40) and 10-man New York (33) tying at home against lowly Vancouver.

Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Comcast SportsNet in Washington-Baltimore area, Direct Kick.

DCU: Hamid; Kitchen, White, McDonald, Woolard; Najar, Simms, De Rosario, Quaranta; Pontius, Davies.

Subs: Willis, Burch, Morsink, King, da Luz, Ngwenya, Wolff.

Not in uniform: Jakovic, Brettschneider.

Your pregame, in-game and post-game observations are warmly welcome in our comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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