You just can’t get enough of the U.S. Open Cup victory, right? (At this point, what else is there?) So the Sports Bog talked to the players about the postgame party in an exercise room at the Salt Lake City hotel. Good stuff.
From that flashback to this flash forward: With D.C. United’s sorry season winding down, we need to begin looking ahead to the offseason and 2014 preseason. As we’ve discussed, United is in serious talks about an exhibition tour in December to Indonesia, home to big-bucks investor Erick Thorhir. After vacation and holidays, United will regroup sometime in mid-January in Washington, then open training camp in earnest at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 29-Feb. 13. The club has also committed to the Carolina Challenge Cup, arriving in Charleston, S.C., on Feb. 20 and staying until March 2. The MLS season will commence in early March.
Now that we’ve covered the past and future, let’s look at the present. (Do we have to? Yes.) United has not won a league match in more than two months, and aside from seeking to avoid the worst record in MLS history, D.C. wouldn’t mind spoiling Philadelphia’s playoff ambitions. The Union is tied for the fifth and final Eastern Conference slot with New England, which won at Montreal this afternoon, 1-0. Philly has played one fewer game entering the evening.
United absences: Dwayne De Rosario (Canadian duty), Dejan Jakovic (adductor injury), John Thorrington (calf) and Ethan White (calf). The latter three are done for the season.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET.
TV: None in the D.C. area. The Comcast Network in greater Philadelphia. Direct Kick and MLS Live on the league’s pay package.
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic.
The RFK Stadium forecast from the Capital Weather Gang.
United at home: 3-9-3, 14 goals for, 26 against.
Union on road: 5-6-4, 17 goals for, 23 against.
DCU: Hamid; Korb, Woolard, Kitchen, Iapichino; DeLeon, Neal, Jeffrey; Silva; Pontius, Doyle. Subs: Willis, Martin, Seaton, Nyassi, Pajoy, Porter, Shanosky.
PHL: MacMath; Le Toux, Okugo, Parke, Gaddis; Cruz, Farfan, Carroll, Daniel; Kleberson, Casey. Subs: Nikolov, Kassel, Gilberto, Wheeler, Hoppenot, McInerney, Fernandes.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.