Greetings from Portland, my fourth visit to the Rose City over the years.
1997: USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier, Tab Ramos late goal in 1-0 victory.
2003: Women’s World Cup semifinals, Germany routs United States, 3-0.
Today: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers.
I can see Jeld-Win Field from my hotel room and am eager to take the Max train a couple of stops to the match — downtown stadiums are the best.
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick.
Game-time weather outlook: 59 degrees, partly sunny.
My match preview sets the scene.
For a feel of what it’s like at a Timbers match, watch this.
Jeff Maurer explores Portland’s soccer roots.
Here’s the transcript from my Friday online chat.
United injuries: Charlie Davies (hamstring) and Josh Wolff (groin) made the trip; Wolff is more likely than Davies to play. Santino Quaranta, who suffered a concussion in a training mishap with Perry Kitchen, and Marc Burch (hamstring) did not travel with the club.
Factoid from Elias Sports Bureau: No team from the Eastern time zone has won on the West Coast since last September (10 losses and six draws).
Back later with DCU’s starters and subs.
DCU: Hamid; Kitchen, White, Jakovic, Woolard; Najar, King, Simms, Pontius; Brettschneider, Ngwenya. Subs: Willis, Brasesco, Korb, Barklage, Shanosky, Fred, Wolff.
Captain Dax McCarty is out with a groin injury.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are warmly welcome in our comments section.