Another scrumptious day on East Capitol Street for a D.C. United match: DCU vs. Toronto FC in heavenly conditions at RFK Stadium (the weather, not the structure).
Unlike the proceedings in Munich, no penalty drama in Washington. Just 90 minutes for United (21 points) to surpass the New York Red Bulls (22) and Sporting Kansas City (21) for first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference. New York is at Montreal, Kansas City at Colorado. (United, however, has played two more than the Red Bulls, three more than KC).
All factors weigh heavily in United’s favor: unbeaten in six straight at home, compared to TFC beaten in eight overall. United doesn’t concede many goals at home (six in seven outings), while Toronto doesn’t score many (six) at any venue. United has been home all week; Toronto traveled across the continent and back mid-week for a Canadian Championship match in Vancouver.
My feature story today focuses on Lewis Neal, United’s well-traveled English midfielder.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC (locally), Direct Kick and MLS Live (nationally).
DCU: Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Woolard, Korb; Cruz, Kitchen, De Rosario, Boskovic; Wolff, Salihi. Subs: Dykstra, Jakovic, King, Saragosa, Neal, Santos, Pontius.
TFC: Kocic; Hall, Cann, Henry, Morgan; Dunfield, de Guzman, Avila; Lambe, Johnson, Plata. Subs: Roberts; Harden, Emory, Eckersley, Silva, Soolsma, Koevermans.
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