Pregame reading material: My story about a United bench that, amid injuries, a suspension and congested schedule, will play an important role for Coach Ben Olsen, starting tonight against the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET.
Local TV: Comcast SportsNet.
National TV: Univision Deportes.
Referee: Allen Chapman.
Game-time weather: 83 degrees, 56 percent humidity, 0 percent chance of rain.
United at home: 7-2-3, 19 goals for, 9 against.
Rapids on road: 2-6-3, 13 goals for, 22 against.
All-time regular season series at RFK: United has won 11, lost three, drawn five.
Rapids have lost three in a row and are 1-4-2 in the past seven matches. United has lost two straight since winning four in a row.
DCU official injury report: Chris Pontius (hamstring), Conor Doyle (knee), Andrew Dykstra (Achilles’ tendon), Jeff Parke (migraines), Chris Korb (hamstring) and Michael Seaton (quadriceps) are out.
Suspended: Eddie Johnson (two games).
DCU lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp; DeLeon, Kitchen, Arnaud, Rolfe; Silva, Espindola. Subs: Willis, Opare, Estrada, Caskey, Neal, Jeffrey, Porter.
COL lineup: Irwin; Klute, Wynne, Moor, Burch; Sanchez, Jose Mari, LaBrocca, Serna; Powers, Brown. Subs: Nasco, Neeskens, Watts, Alvarez, Hairston, Torres, Buddle.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.