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D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

It doesn’t feel like mid-August at RFK Stadium today, which is a good thing after months of searing heat. Nothing’s perfect, though, as a steady rain has been falling much of the afternoon ahead of D.C. United’s critical MLS match against the Philadelphia Union. The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time outlook.

Danny Cruz and Lionard Pajoy get to show their former clubs they erred in trading them this past week. Freddy Adu is back in town — it’s really been eight-plus years since his pro debut in Washington?

While the Union is clinging to fading postseason aspirations, United is technically out at the moment. I say technically, because although DCU and Montreal are tied on 36 points for the last slot in the Eastern Conference, United has played five fewer matches. So barring a major downfall, DCU will remain in good standing for a playoff berth heading into the late stages of the campaign.

My preview today addresses United’s rigorous stretch: 5 matches in 14 days, the most congested period of the season.

Kickoff: 5:21 p.m. ET.

TV: NBC Sports Network.

DCU: Hamid; Jakovic, McDonald, Dudar, Korb; Najar, Kitchen, De Rosario, DeLeon; Pontius, Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Chabala, Boskovic, White, Saragosa, Tan, Salihi.

PHL: MacMath; Williams, G.Farfan, Valdes, Okugo; Carroll, Lahoud, M.Farfan; Cruz, Adu, McInerney. Subs: Harrison, Albright, Gaddis, Daniel, Torres, Hoffman, Hoppenot.

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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