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.