D.C. United at Real Salt Lake

Matchday at Rio Tinto Stadium. (By Steven Goff -- The Washington Post) Matchday at Rio Tinto Stadium. (By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

Greetings from the Wasatch Front and Rio Tinto Stadium.

Championship evening in Sandy, Utah as D.C. United visits Real Salt Lake in the 100th U.S. Open Cup final.

TV: GolTV, 9 p.m. ET. (Good luck finding it.)

Injury update: Luis Gil, Real Salt Lake exciting, young midfielder, underwent an emergency appendectomy Sunday night and is not available.

Cup tied: RSL defender Brandon McDonald, who played 27 minutes in United’s round-of-16 match against Philadelphia in June. As part of the trade, in which RSL relinquished a 2014 third-round draft pick and 2015 conditional selection, about 80 percent of McDonald’s $235,000 salary remained on United’s books for the remainder of the season. (He is out of contract at the end of the year.)

At stake: a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League and a $250,000 prize, which, per MLS’s collective bargaining agreement, is split among the players. Second place collects $60,000.

Road-trip eats: Park Cafe, where much of the RSL roster gathered for morning protein, and Ruth’s Diner in Emigration Canyon.

DCU: Hamid; Riley, Jakovic, White, Korb; Kitchen, Neal, Pontius, Thorrington, DeLeon; De Rosario. Subs: Willis, Iapichino, Silva, Porter, Woolard, Jeffrey, Doyle.

Silva is not injured, a club official says. Tactical decision by Olsen.

RSL: Rimando; Beltran, Salcedo, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman, Grabavoy, Velasquez, Morales; Saborio, Plata. Subs: Attinella, Schuler, Alvarez, Grossman, Stephenson, Garcia, Sandoval.

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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