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U.S. Open Cup primer: United at Real Salt Lake


A trophy? During this dreadful MLS season? It’s possible. In my print/web story, I preview D.C. United’s visit to Sandy on Tuesday night for the U.S. Open Cup championship.

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium.

Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET.

Attendance: RSL expects between 18,000 and 20,000. (Capacity is 20,213.)

TV: GolTV.

Live stream: None.

GolTV owns the rights to both broadcast and online coverage but will not offer a web feed. It also declined to allow the U.S. Soccer Federation, the tournament organizer, to provide a live stream. GolTV is in the second year of a three-year deal with the USSF. Announcers will call the game from a Miami studio.

For supporters in Washington who do not receive GolTV, United has arranged viewing locations in D.C. and Richmond.

Referee: Juan Guzman. (officiating details)

Game-time weather: 70 degrees, 0 percent chance of rain.

Format: If level after 90 minutes, the sides will play two 15-minute extra-time periods (no golden goal) and, if necessary, penalty kicks.

DCU in USOC finals: 2-1-1. (Defeated Rochester in 1996 and Charleston in 2008, lost to Dallas on PKs in 1997 and Seattle in 2009).

RSL in USOC finals: 0-0-0.

DCU in 2013 regular season: 3-21-6.

RSL in 2013 regular season: 15-10-6.

DCU away in all competitions: 1-13-4.

RSL home in all competitions: 13-3-3.

Previous meeting this year: DCU, 1-0, on Lionard Pajoy’s second-half goal March 9 at RFK Stadium.

My prediction: 2-1, Real Salt Lake.

Your thoughts?


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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Steven Goff · September 30, 2013