Greetings from RFK Stadium, whose future, as Post colleague Mike DeBonis explains in today’s editions, will be debated if D.C. United’s Buzzard Point project is finalized.
Meantime, RFK is almost alive and almost well for tonight’s match against the Montreal Impact.
Montreal (10-5-5) is 3-4-2 away, United (2-15-4) is 2-8-1 at home. United has scored multiple goals in a league match once this year: April 21 against Philadelphia, 15 games ago.
Chris Pontius, Marcelo Saragosa, Lionard Pajoy, Carlos Ruiz, Casey Townsend, Michael Seaton and Lewis Neal are sidelined with injuries. John Thorrington (quadriceps soreness) is being held out for precautionary reasons. Conor Shanosky played for Richmond last night in Charlotte but instead of accompanying the third-tier Kickers to Charleston, he scampered back to Washington. He and homegrown midfielder Collin Martin are in the 18.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET. (Half-hour later than usual for TV purposes.)
Local TV: Comcast SportsNet.
It’s the outlet’s second-to-last home broadcast of the season and third-to-final overall. CSN and DCU have the option of adding late-season games not slated for national TV, but with the season in the dumps, that is not going to happen. NBC Sports Network will carry four United matches in the coming weeks and months, and NBC has the season finale against Houston.
Game-time weather outlook: 77 degrees, 62 percent humidity, 40 percent chance of rain.
Referee: Allen Chapman.
Lineups and subs to come about an hour before kickoff …
DCU: Willis; Korb, Jakovic, Woolard, Riley; DeLeon, Jeffrey, Kitchen, Porter; Silva; De Rosario. Subs: Hamid, White, Kemp, Nyassi, Shanosky, Martin, Doyle.
MON: Perkins; Iapichino, Ferrari, Camara, Brovsky; Romero, Bernier, Arnaud; Nyassi, Di Vaio, Mapp. Subs: Bush, Lefèvre, Warner, Martins, Bernardello, Smith, Paponi.
Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.