D.C. United at Houston Dynamo

And so D.C. United begins the eight-month trek to the MLS playoffs in its least favorite destination. No disrespect to Space City — love the food! — but United’s 10-game record in all competitions here since 2006 is 0-9-1 with five goals for and 21 against.

At least Dwayne De Rosario is fully healthy. Oh, wait…..

Pregame reading material:

My season preview, weaving in the DeRo suspension news. Here’s where it played in the print edition:

With an 18th season, MLS enters adulthood and embraces a second generation that grew up around the league and sport.

The starting XI: a look at  MLS storylines entering the season.

The front page of the Houston Chronicle sports section looks like this.

TV: NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m. ET.

Announcers: Arlo White and Kyle Martino.

Kickoff: Around 8:20.

Game-time weather: 52 degrees, clear, 12-mph wind.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo.

Road trip lyrics:

I got holes in both of my shoes
Well I’m a walking case of the blues
Saw a dollar yesterday
But the wind blew it away
Goin’ back to Houston, Houston, Houston

— Dean Martin, 1965 (video)

Road trip cuisine: The Original Ninfa’s and Tampico Seafood.

Favorite sign:

Nicest moment: Before boarding my flight at Washington Dulles, a first-class passenger switched seats with an Army soldier heading home.

Okay, almost gametime…..

Happy Texas Independence Day!

DCU: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Jakovic, Woolard; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Thorrington, Pontius; Pajoy. Subs: Dykstra, Russell, Riley, Ruiz, Sanchez, Porter, Rafael.

HOU: Hall; Sarkodie, Taylor, Boswell, Ashe; Garcia, Moffat, Clark, Davis; Barnes, Bruin. Subs: Marscheider, Ching, Johnson, Creavalle, Camargo, Dixon, Brunner.

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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Steven Goff · March 1, 2013