Greetings from RFK Stadium, where D.C. United will spend the next eight days defining a seven-month regular season. Win all three matches, and DCU is MLS playoff bound for the first time since 2007 — no questions asked, according to the club's extensive calculations.

My preview looks at tonight’s affair against the Chicago Fire and the road ahead.

Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer assesses United’s postseason hopes.

The forecast from the Capital Weather Gang calls for a delightful autumn evening.

Crowd prediction: 15,000+.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

Video: Live on Direct Kick (TV) and MatchDay Live (online) pay packages. Comcast SportsNet/DC will show the match on tape at 11 p.m. ET. Comcast SportsNet/Chicago is scheduled to offer live coverage.

Lineups and subs to come about an hour before kickoff.

DCU: Hamid; Korb, McDonald, Kitchen, Woolard; Najar, Simms, King, da Luz; De Rosario, Wolff.

Subs: Willis; Burch, White, Quaranta, Davies, Ngwenya, Brettschneider.

CHICAGO: Johnson; Videira, Anibaba, Mikulic, Segares; Pause, Paladini, Pappa; Grazzini; Oduro, Nyarko.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are warmly welcome in our comments section.