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Matchday #11: D.C. United at Portland

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.

2002: Family vacation to Otter Rock and the Devil’s Punchbowl.

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.

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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