MLS playoffs: D.C. United vs. Red Bulls

Does big-game experience make a difference in the MLS playoffs? The New York Red Bulls have a pronounced advantage on that front, but D.C. United has played with poise and chemistry since Dwayne De Rosario went down with a knee injury. My preview looks at the experience gap and United’s challenge in the rearranged series.

The story received prominent display on the print edition’s front page.

The decision to play the first leg at RFK Stadium instead of Red Bull Arena forced the DCU organization and supporters to scramble.

MLS playoffs late Friday night:

Seattle Sounders 0, Real Salt Lake 0 (2nd leg Thursday in Utah)

RFK game-time weather: 46 degrees and breezy.

Attendance projection: 18,000+.

TV: NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m. ET.

Kickoff: 8:21.

Announcers: Arlo White, Kyle Martino.

DCU lineup: Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Boskovic, Pontius; Pajoy. Subs: Willis, Russell, Dudar, Neal, Augusto, Salihi, Santos.

NY: Robles; Lade, Holgersson, Marquez, Pearce; McCarty, Cahill, Tainio, Lindpere; Henry, Le Toux. Subs: Gaudette, Digao, Ruthven, Solli, Keel, Miller, Cooper.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are 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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