Before turning attention to the first leg of the Atlantic Cup, good thoughts go out to MLS Commissioner Don Garber, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Garber, 56, is being treated in New York and will undergo surgery. In a news release issued this afternoon, Garber said:
“Obviously no one wants to hear that they have cancer. However, I am being treated by exceptional doctors at two of the top hospitals in the world and am confident, as are they, that the prostate cancer will be successfully treated, with a full recovery. I plan on keeping a normal schedule and will continue managing the league and Soccer United Marketing during my course of treatment. With the support of my family, friends, colleagues and doctors, I am feeling very strong, energized and extremely focused.
“Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. It will affect one in seven men during their lifetime. I hope through my experience that I will be able to create awareness of prostate cancer and encourage men to get regular testing, the surest way to ensure a successful outcome for those who get the disease.”
As for tonight at RFK Stadium …
My match preview focuses on Eddie Johnson’s push to end a scoring drought and round into form before reporting to World Cup training camp.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Pay packages: Direct Kick, MLS Live.
Live stream: United’s website, with New York announcers. (Available in Washington area only.)
Referee: Allen Chapman.
United injury report: Chris Pontius (hamstring) and Luis Silva (ankle) remain out. Bill Hamid (foot-toe) practiced all week but was then scratched, prompting Joe Willis’s recall from Richmond to back up Andrew Dykstra.
DCU lineup: Dykstra; Franklin, Parke, Boswell, Fernandez; DeLeon, Kitchen, Arnaud, Rolfe; Espindola, Johnson. Subs: Willis, Doyle, Caskey, Porter, Attakora, Jeffrey, Birnbaum.
N.Y. lineup: Robles; Kimura, Olave, Sekagya, Miller; Sam, McCarty, Alexander, Steele; Luyindula, Henry. Subs: Meara, Lade, Stevenson, Duvall, Bover, Miazga, Wright-Phillips.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.