The Washington Post

Matchnight #17: D.C. United vs. Red Bulls

Greetings from Red Bull Arena, my first visit to the Harrison stadium. (Missed D.C. United’s match here last year because of World Cup conflicts.)

Acela Express 2 1/2 hours to Newark, PATH train one stop across the Passaic River, 5-10 minute walk to the park. Arrived early to receive a behind-the-scenes tour. A place like this would look awfully nice at Buzzard Point in D.C. (Are you listening, Mr. Chang?)

Is RBA the best facility in MLS? I’ll reserve judgement until I pass through Kansas City next month, but I’m thinking Red Bull will prevail.

Warm, gorgeous evening for an MLS match expected to draw 20,000-plus. It’s the Atlantic Cup, after all!

Storylines galore: Dwayne De Rosario returns to New York, Dax McCarty faces D.C. United for the first time, United seeks to avenge a 4-0 home loss to New York, Red Bulls look to retain first place, United chases its first victory after four draws and a loss, Thierry Henry (nine goals) and Charlie Davies (eight; tied with two others) in the Golden Boot hunt.

My match preview explores McCarty’s transition from being United’s captain to a secondary role with New York.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, MSG, Direct Kick.

DCU lineup and subs to come.

DCU: Hamid; Kitchen, White, McDonald, Woolard; Najar, Simms, De Rosario, Pontius; Davies, Wolff. Subs: Cronin, Korb, Burch, King, Fred, Ngwenya, Brettschneider.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are 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.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing