D.C. United vs. Toronto FC


A majestic skyline serves as the backdrop for Toronto FC’s home opener. (By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

D.C. United vs. Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Univision Deportes Network (Spanish).

Live streamwww.dcunited.com (available in Washington area only).

Pay package: Direct Kick, MLS Live.

Weather: Mostly cloudy, 40 degrees, 14-mph wind.

Field conditions: Not ideal, but given the time of year and harsh winter, not surprising. The overnight dusting of snow is gone but several bare patches and streaks are visible, especially in the middle of the park.

Referee: Silviu Petrescu (bio).

Of note: United (0-14-3 away last season) has not won a league road match since Oct. 6, 2012, at TFC (late goal by Hamdi Salihi). … Toronto is seeking its first 2-0-0 start in club history. … Joe Willis, Conor Shanosky, Christiano Francois and Michael Seaton are expected to play for third-division Richmond in the Kickers’ preseason finale today. A formal announcement about season-long loans is expected by Tuesday.

To preview the match, I examine the clubs’ contrasting approaches to revamping their rosters over the winter.

DCU lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Boswell, Parke, Fernandez; Arnaud, Kitchen, Silva, DeLeon; Espindola, Johnson. Subs: Dykstra, Attakora, Kemp, Jeffrey, Porter, Martin, Doyle.

TFC lineup: Julio Cesar, Bloom, Henry, Caldwell, Morrow, Jackson, Bradley, Osorio, Rey, Defoe, Gilberto. Subs: Bendik, Orr, Hagglund, Morgan, Bekker, Wiedeman, De Rosario..

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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