Greetings from Red Bull Arena. What a difference 10 months make.
Last fall D.C. United was here in Harrison celebrating a playoff victory with hundreds of travel-weary and chilly supporters. As this year’s playoffs approach, the weather is not a concern. Either are the playoffs. United is buried deep in the standings and facing elimination from postseason contention with two months left in the campaign.
Since last year’s rousing triumph at RBA, DCU has won three of 27 matches in MLS competition: 0-1-1 in the Eastern Conference finals, 3-17-5 this regular season. (Thank goodness for the U.S. Open Cup!)
United did visit Harrison in the spring, escaping with a point, thanks to Bill Hamid‘s unworldly performance, to level its record at 1-1-1. The club was still full of hope and promise. Seems like a million years ago.
On the road, United has secured three of 36 points on three draws and scored three goals: Dwayne De Rosario at Dallas, Luis Silva at Chicago, Conor Doyle at Montreal.
Andrew Dykstra, Conor Shanosky and Michael Seaton are in Richmond tonight with the third-division Kickers for a USL Pro semifinal against Charlotte. With a victory, they will host Orlando City in the final next Saturday night.
In case you missed it yesterday, DCU’s 2007 first-round pick, Bryan Arguez, who spent just one season in Washington before joining Hertha Berlin, is facing serious charges in Georgia.
Kickoff: 8:23 p.m. ET.
TV: NBC Sports Network.
Announcers: John Strong, Robbie Mustoe.
Referee: Juan Guzman.
DCU: Hamid; Korb, Jakovic, Woolard, Riley; DeLeon, Kitchen, Neal, Jeffrey; Silva; De Rosario. Subs: Willis, Iapichino, White, Porter, Martin, Thorrington, Doyle.
NY: Robles; Barklage, Holgersson, Sekagya, Chaney; Alexander, McCarty, Sam, Cahill, Steele; Wright-Phillips. Subs: Meara, Olave, Kimura, Obekop, Bustamante, Espindola, Henry.
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