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Matchnight #8: D.C. United vs. Sounders

After a horrific showing in Houston last week, D.C. United is happy to be back home at RFK Stadium for the next three matches. The Seattle Sounders are even happier to be here.

In three visits to the shores of the mighty Anacostia since joining MLS, the Sounders have secured three victories, including the 2009 U.S. Open Cup title. They arrived this week with a six-game unbeaten streak. United, conversely, has conceded four goals in three of its past five league matches and has took just one point from the previous two home games.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

Live video: Direct Kick (TV pay package), MatchDay Live (online pay package), KONG (Seattle). In case you missed it earlier today, here is my story about United’s local TV situation.

For pregame entertainment and analysis, Post blogger Jeff Maurer writes about Ben Olsen ... Tiger Mother!

Back later with news, notes, lineup and subs.....

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

Of note: Marc Burch, who scored last week, is not in the 18. As far as I know, he is not injured. He has a minor hamstring strain. Rodrigo Brasesco was left out again. The Uruguayan does not have a guaranteed contract and seems on course for release before July 1, when deals are locked up for the season.

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