The end. Thank goodness.
Seven months, three weeks and four days after it began with so much promise, D.C. United’s regular season campaign reaches a merciful finish today with a nationally televised match against the points-hungry Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium. A crowd of about 13,000 is expected.
The record books await.
Kickoff: 1:53 p.m. ET.
TV: NBC. (Channel 4 locally)
Referee: Armando Villarreal.
Game-time climate update from the Capital Weather Gang.
DCU at home: 3-9-4, 15 goals for, 27 against.
Houston away: 4-7-5, 15 goals for, 23 against.
United’s Perry Kitchen is serving a yellow-card suspension.
With a victory, the Dynamo clinches a playoff berth. With a loss, Houston is out. With a draw, the club advances only if New England loses at Columbus.
DCU: Hamid; Korb, Riley, Woolard, Iapichino;
Martin, Porter, Silva, Jeffrey, Pontius; De Rosario, Doyle. Subs: Willis, Dykstra, Shanosky, Porter, DeLeon, Nyassi, Pajoy.
(Yes, three GKs in uniform. Club says the reason is injuries. Neal, Seaton, Kemp and Townsend are nursing knocks. Ruiz’s absence is a coach’s decision.)
Martin is a late scratch because of injury.
HOU: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; García, Creavalle, Clark, Davis; Barnes, Bruin. Subs: Deric, Lopez, Carrasco, Chabala, Weaver, Cummings, Driver.
Your final pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.