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D.C. United matchnight #21: Toronto FC at RFK

Greetings from RFK Stadium. D.C. United is the home team, but in an effort to change its fortunes in Washington, the club treated it like an away match by staying at a hotel in Virginia. After four losses and four draws in the last eight home appearances, why not?

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Comcast SportsNet, TSN (Canada), Direct Kick.

United added this match to the TV schedule just this week The next two home matches will also appear on CSN. Because of the technical complexities and additional expenses involved with the arrangement, announcers Dave Johnson and Thomas Rongen will call the match from CSN studios in Bethesda. CSN will take Toronto’s video feed. Strange, but at least the game is on TV locally.

Santino Quaranta has returned from a two-month layoff caused by a concussion and will start.

DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Quaranta, Simms, King, Pontius; De Rosario, Wolff. Subs: Cronin, White, Burch, Barklage, da Luz, Brettschneider, Davies.

TORONTO: Frei; Eckersley, Henry, Iro, Morgan; Dunfield, Avila, Frings; Plata, Koevermans, Johnson.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are welcome in our comments section.

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