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.)
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.