D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew

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The first gorgeous day of 2014 falls on opening night at RFK Stadium. Good omen?

The field is not in perfect condition, but considering winter ended yesterday, you can’t hope for much better. It will have to do.

[Gametime forecast from the Capital Weather Gang]

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

TV: No standard coverage.

Live streaming video: www.dcunited.com (available in Washington region only).

Pay package: MLS Live.

Radio: WJFK 1580 AM (English).

Replacement referee: Andres Pfefferkorn (NASL).

DCU players on assignment with Richmond Kickers (preseason friendly vs. VCU): Joe Willis, Michael Seaton, Conor Shanosky, Collin Martin, Christiano Francois.

Old friends: Crew coaching staff includes former DCU assistants Josh Wolff and Pat Onstad.

VIPs: Mayor Vincent C. Gray is here. So are DCU bosses Will Chang and Jason Levien.

Reminder: United is off next weekend. The scheduled match at Los Angeles was moved to Aug. 27 to accommodate the Galaxy’s CONCACAF Champions League schedule (quarterfinal second leg with Tijuana is March 18).

DCU has hired Amos Magee to coach the under-23 squad, replacing Jaime Moreno, who is seeking other opportunities. Magee, 42, guided the Minnesota Thunder and U.S. Maccabi squad, and served as an assistant for the Portland Timbers, overseeing the reserve team.

DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Franklin, Boswell (captain), Parke, Fernandez; Arnaud, Kitchen, Silva, DeLeon, Arnaud; Johnson, Espindola. Subs: Dykstra, Kemp, Birnbaum, Neal, Jeffrey, Porter, Doyle.

CREW LINEUP: Clark; Williams, Gonzalez, Parkhurst, Francis; Jimenez, Trapp, Tchani, Anor; Higuain, Arrieta. Subs: Lampson, Barson, Wahl, Viana, Finlay, Meram, Bedell.

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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