Greetings from that “other” stadium. Two days after unveiling plans for a new den, D.C. United turned its attention back to RFK for Saturday night’s match against the New England Revolution. Although a preliminary deal is in place for a Buzzard Point venue, RFK will remain United’s home for at least 2 1/2 more seasons. So get used to it.
Will the feel-good stadium announcement carry over to the on-field performance? Spirits are higher in the locker room, but United will need more than positive energy to bounce back from last weekend’s debacle at Chicago.
DCU is 0-3-1 since defeating San Jose at home last month and has scored seven home goals in 10 RFK affairs (nine goals in 20 league games overall). New England entered the weekend tied for MLS’s stingiest — 18 goals conceded. United has been shut out 12 times, the Revolution has posted 11 clean sheets.
RFK is sporting a new grass field, which was badly needed after wear and tear through the first six months (United and other events). It will take some time for the seams to fill in.
For a five-minute video about United’s new stadium plans, click here to watch Dave Johnson’s latest Monumental FC episode.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet (locally), Direct Kick, MLS Live.
Referee: David Gantar.
Lineups and subs to come about an hour before kickoff …
DCU: Willis; Riley, Jakovic, Woolard, Kemp; DeLeon, Jeffrey, Thorrington, Porter; Silva, Doyle. Subs: Dykstra, Korb, Shanosky, White, Nyassi, De Rosario, Pajoy.
Injured: Chris Pontius (hamstring), Perry Kitchen (hip pointer).
NE: Shuttleworth; Farrell, McCarthy, Goncalves, Tierney; Fagundez, Nguyen, Simms, Rowe; Sene, Imbongo. Subs: Reis, Barnes, Alston, Caldwell, Toja, Dorman, Barrett.
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