D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

Ben Olsen hopes to point D.C. United into the playoffs tonight at RFK Stadium. (Associated Press)

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

RFK Stadium, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: Comcast SportsNet (DC), Fox Sports Ohio, Direct Kick, MLS Live.

Local announcers: Dave Johnson, John Harkes.

With a victory or draw, United (54 points) secures an MLS playoff berth. If United loses to the Crew (49) and Houston (50) loses at home to Philadelphia, DCU secures an MLS playoff berth. Otherwise, United’s postseason hopes will rest on next weekend’s results.

Other key Eastern Conference matches tonight:

Sporting Kansas City (59) at New York Red Bulls (53), 7

Philadelphia Union (36) at Houston Dynamo (50), 7:30

Chicago Fire (56) at New England Revolution (29), 7:30

DCU: Hamid; Najar, Jakovic, McDonald, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Santos, Pajoy. Subs: Willis; Dudar, Russell, Boskovic, White, Neal, Salihi.

CREW: Gruenebaum; Miranda, O’Rourke, Mendes, Williams; Meram, Birchall, Mirosevic, Gaven; Higuaín, Arrieta.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are 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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