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Matchnight #7: D.C. United at Houston Dynamo

Greetings from Robertson Stadium in Houston for Friday night’s match between the Dynamo and D.C. United. A cloud-less, breezy day and a handsome pitch will provide optimal conditions for clubs within two points of one another in the MLS Eastern Conference.

United (2-3-1, seven points) is seeking its first victory in six visits to the University of Houston campus. The club has scored in just one match here, a 4-3 defeat two years ago — in the other four games, DCU has been outscored 4-0.

United is also looking to rebound from two deficient defensive performances at home: 4-0 against the New York Red Bulls and 3-2 against the New England Revolution in the U.S. Open Cup.

Regardless of the result, Houston supporters will be in a celebratory mood afterward when the club salutes Pat Onstad, the Dynamo’s longtime goalkeeper who is now a United assistant coach. I got a sneak peek at the video tribute that will appear on the big screen — classy, emotional and funny. Houston is planning to post it on its Web site in the next few days.

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Fox Soccer Channel.

Announcers: J.P. Dellacamera, Kyle Martino, Brian Dunseth.

DCU lineup and subs soon.....

DCU: Hamid; Zayner, Jakovic, Kitchen, Burch; Fred, Simms, McCarty, Pontius; Wolff, Davies. Subs: Cronin, White, Korb, Najar, Quaranta, Ngwenya, Brettschneider.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are warmly welcome in the 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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