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D.C. United vs. Sporting Kansas City

And so we’ve reached the end of an entertaining, exasperating and unfulfilling D.C. United season. We’ve seen an emotional return to first-team soccer (Charlie Davies), hat tricks (two by Dwayne De Rosario, one by Davies), season-ending injuries (Branko Boskovic, Chris Pontius, Jed Zayner), an assistant coach come out of retirement (Pat Onstad), a trade for the ages (DeRo for Dax McCarty), a satisfactory away record (5-8-4), an unacceptable home mark (4-4-8 before tonight), a wealth of goals scored (49), a wealth of goals against (51), the rise of rookies (Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Chris Korb, Blake Brettschneider, Joe Willis), in-season departures (McCarty, Fred, Rodrigo Brasesco), a four-goal triumph (Vancouver), a four-goal setback (New York), five-game unbeaten streaks but no two-game winning streaks, a late four-game losing skid that severely bruised the playoff push, and, of perhaps greatest long-term concern, still no new stadium plan.

Where does United go from here? I touch on several topics, including roster issues, in today’s story, which is accompanied by a unique photo of DeRo.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV/online: Comcast SportsNet Plus (search for the channel on your cable/satellite system here), Direct Kick, MatchDay Live.

Weather: The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time forecast.

Attendance: Pregame estimate is 15,000.

Lineups and subs to come.....

DCU: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, White, Woolard; Najar, Simms, Kitchen, King, Quaranta; De Rosario.

Subs: Willis, Burch, da Luz, Ngwenya, Davies, Wolff, Brettschneider.

SKC: Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Espinoza, Zusi; Kamara, Bunbury, Bravo. Subs: Kronberg, Olum, Harrington, Jeferson, Arnaud, Saad, Sapong.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are warmly 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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