D.C. United vs. Toronto FC

D.C. United has not won in the league since March 9.

Toronto FC has not won in the league since March 9.

Something has got to give, no? Eh, maybe not. A draw is a distinct possibility.

United has shown signs of life, drawing at New England last weekend and defeating Philadelphia in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. However, Chris Pontius, Ethan White and James Riley are out with injuries suffered against the Union, reversing United’s trend of improving health.

Since winning the home opener, United has secured just one of 18 points at RFK Stadium. Toronto has taken one of 18 on the road all season and scored three times.

United has been outscored 12-2 in the first 30 minutes of matches and 7-0 in the last 15. TFC has conceded nine in the final 15.

Grim.

There are some tasty sidebars to this dreary matchup: Ben Olsen and Ryan Nelsen, former United teammates, will coach against one another for the first time. Bobby Convey, a DCU prospect a dozen years ago, is in a TFC uniform. Dwayne De Rosario faces one of his former clubs. And Kevin Payne, DCU’s chief executive from 1996 until last fall, is TFC’s boss.

So there’s that.

This is the first of four consecutive home matches over 15 days, including an Open Cup quarterfinal, for United. Toronto heads to Houston next.

Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET.

Local TV: Comcast SportsNet (DC).

DCU:  Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Woolard, Rochat; Nyassi, Thorrington, Kitchen, DeLeon; De Rosario, Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Kemp, Jakovic, Shanosky, Rafael, Townsend, Seaton.

TFC: Bendik; Richter, Agbossoumonde, Caldwell, O’Dea; Osorio, Laba, Hall, Convey; Silva, Earnshaw. Subs: Roberts, Russell, Morgan, Bekker, Lambe, Brockie, Koevermans.

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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