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By the numbers: D.C. United at midway point of MLS season

D.C. United begins the second half of the MLS season Saturday night against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium. Before looking forward, let’s flash back, by the numbers:

1: United’s place in the Eastern Conference ... sort of. United is even on points with the Red Bulls, but New York has played one fewer match. And third-place Sporting Kansas City is one point behind with two matches to make up. Last year at the midway mark, United was tied for fifth.

1 (Part II): Players on this week’s injury report (rookie midfielder Lance Rozeboom, knee surgery).

1 (Part III): League matches at RFK between May 27 and Aug. 3.

1 (Part IV): Remaining trips to the West Coast (Sept. 29 at Portland).

9: United’s positive goal difference, tied with Real Salt Lake for second best in MLS behind San Jose (12).

9 (Part II): Dwayne De Rosario’s assists total, best in MLS. Last year he had 12 in 33 matches with three clubs.

5: United players with at least two goals. That was the total all of last season. (Brandon McDonald scored twice but just once with DCU.)

5 (Part II): Possible call-ups for World Cup qualifiers in early September: De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic for Canada, Hamdi Salihi for Albania, Branko Boskovic for Monte­negro, Andy Najar for Honduras. (United is off during that qualifying period.)

5 (Part III): Goals by Chris Pontius against the Red Bulls in two meetings.

5 (Part IV): Weeks ahead of scheduled friendly that Juventus withdrew. (PSG will play at RFK on July 28 instead.)

3: United’s rank in shots on goal. The club is averaging 4.65 per match, a slight uptick from 4.4 last year.

20: Points at RFK in eight matches (6-0-2) since losing the opener to Kansas City.

2: Goals conceded in the last 15 minutes — third fewest in MLS.

6: Goals scored in first 15 minutes — second most in MLS.

14: United’s rank in home attendance (13,668), a notable blemish for a club with a tradition of strong support. Positive sign: The club is expecting the biggest turnout of the season Saturday and might approach the downsized capacity of 19,647.

76(ers): NBA team co-owned by United’s presumptive incoming lead investor, Erick Thohir.

4: Blocks between Nationals Park and proposed DCU stadium at Buzzard Point.

Quadratic equation: Calculating date for groundbreaking at said stadium.

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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