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Matchday #2: D.C. United at New England Revolution

Greetings from Foxborough, where it feels like February: temperature in the mid-30s, stiff breeze, partly cloudy. As I’m sure my fellow New Englander Charlie Davies would agree, it’s wicked cold.

Will Davies make his first start for D.C. United today? I’m guessing that he’ll come off the bench again, adding an explosive element to the attack in the second half. We’ll know for sure about an hour before kickoff. Davies, who is from Manchester, N.H., and played three years at Boston College, will have friends and family watching at Gillette Stadium.

United and the Revolution will play two matches today: the first-teamers at 4:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet/DC) and the reserves afterward. DCU has called in four academy players for the second game.

Foxborough was the location of Ben Olsen’s debut as DCU’s interim coach last August, a 1-0 loss on Pat Phelan’s goal late in the first half. United is 9-14-4 all-time in this hamlet and 0-3-1 in the previous four visits.

Three notable absences for United: central defender Perry Kitchen (U.S. under-20s), right back Jed Zayner (hamstring) and midfielder Clyde Simms (calf).

Factoid: After defeating Columbus Kansas City last weekend, United is seeking its first 2-0-0 start to the MLS campaign in 12 years.

Back soon with the lineup and reserves.

DCU LINEUP: Onstad; Korb, Brasesco, Jakovic, Burch; Najar, Morsink, McCarty, Pontius; Ngwenya, Wolff. Subs: Hamid, Woolard, Fred, Boskovic, Quaranta, Brettschneider, Davies.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are, on this frigid day, warmly welcome.

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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