Greetings from RFK Stadium for D.C. United’s MLS match against the New England Revolution.
It's not, um, a cold day. And it’s going to get worse before Everton’s visit this weekend. In Liverpool on Friday, the forecast calls for a high of 65 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain. In Washington, the forecast calls for a heat index (temperature plus humidity) of 115. Tonight, we’re looking at a game-time temperature of 89 degrees and 57 percent humidity. Lovely.
Speaking of Everton, United officials say that American goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is skipping tonight’s friendly at the Philadelphia Union, will not practice with the full squad Friday morning in Washington — he’ll work out with the keeper corps later in the day — and will be available for selection Saturday night at RFK.
From an American standpoint, the main attraction of a Everton visit is Howard — and United has promoted his appearance to sell tickets, with the caveat that player availability is always subject to change. Howard’s representatives say that, ultimately, Everton Manager David Moyes, not Howard, will have the final say about participating in the friendly.
As for this evening’s affair, a crowd of around 14,000 to 15,000 is expected. Midfielder Conor Shanosky is on a one-match loan to third-division Harrisburg City Islanders for tonight’s USL home game against FC New York.
Tonight marks Brazilian midfielder Fred’s final match with United. I imagine we’ll see him at some point in the second half. He’ll then transfer to Melbourne Heart. First, however, he needs hernia surgery.
United is 1-0-4 in the past five matches, New England 0-6-3 in nine. United is 2-2-5 at home, the Revolution 0-6-3 away with just eight goals for.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick.
DCU lineup: Hamid; Kitchen, White, McDonald, Woolard; Najar, Simms, De Rosario, Pontius; Wolff, Davies. Subs: Cronin, Korb, Morsink, King, da Luz, Fred, Ngwenya.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts and observations are welcome.