D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

The temperature is in the 30s and light snow is possible. Must be a D.C. United match at Red Bull Arena. Paging the Commissioner and his shovel.

United and the Red Bulls renew acquaintances in the first of three MLS regular season meetings this season with an afternoon affair along the banks of the mighty Passaic.

United has done alright at RBA — 2 victories, a loss and a draw since the spaceship opened.

This is the 60th regular season clash, with United holding a 31-20-8 advantage. If you’re hoping for late-game drama, consider this: Of DCU’s 116 goals in the series, almost 40 percent (46 of ‘em) have come in the final 30 minutes.

This game also begins another Atlantic Cup chase: United has held the trophy nine times since its inception in 2002. The sides will meet again next month at RFK Stadium and late in the summer back here in Harrison.

Marcos Sanchez Sr.
Marcos Sanchez Sr.

For your pregame reading enjoyment, I profile United midfielder Marcos Sanchez, the son of a former Panamanian boxing champion.

TV: NBC’s main network, 12:30 p.m. ET.

Announcers: Arlo White and Kyle Martino.

Kickoff: 12:51.

Referee: Mark Geiger.

Road trip lyrics: We’re in Harrison, after all. The stage is yours, George.

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

Road trip cuisine: Spanish Tavern in Newark’s Ironbound.

Lineups and subs about an hour before kickoff…..

DCU: Hamid; Riley, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; Deleon, Saragosa, Kitchen, Pontius; De Rosario, Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Woolard, White, Porter, Augusto, Sanchez, Ruiz. (Rafael traveled but not in uniform.)

NY: Robles; Barklage, Olave, Holgersson, Pearce; Alexander, McCarty, Cahill, Steele; Espindola, Henry. Subs: Castano, Lade, Kimura, Juninho, Sam, Bover, Moreno.

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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