D.C. United midfielder Luis Silva, a starter in the first three matches, will probably miss three or four games with a sprained left ankle suffered last weekend. Club officials are hopeful he will be available by April 26 for FC Dallas’s visit to RFK Stadium.
Meantime, midfielder Chris Pontius, who has had considerable setbacks in his return from offseason hamstring surgery and has yet to play this year, is tentatively slated to undergo a procedure to remove scar tissue that is causing nerve irritation. The club expects to learn more about his situation within 10 days. If further surgery is necessary, he would probably remain out for several months.
Pontius’s predicament, combined with Eddie Johnson‘s probable World Cup call-up, prompted United to acquire veteran attack Chris Rolfe from the Chicago Fire for allocation money Wednesday. Rolfe has trained for two days and might start Saturday night against the visiting New England Revolution.
*No standard local TV for Saturday’s match. Direct Kick and MLS Live only. United will provide a live stream on its website, featuring New England’s TV38 production and announcers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. No local radio either: United’s partner, WJFK, has previously scheduled programming on the FM and AM stations.
*Game-time weather forecast: 56 degrees, clear skies, 11-mph wind.
*Referee: Jorge Gonzalez (bio)
*Awaiting official word on Richmond assignments for the Kickers’ home opener Saturday night, but expecting Joe Willis, Christiano Francois, Michael Seaton, Steve Birnbaum and perhaps Collin Martin. (Jalen Robinson is close to returning from a hamstring injury.)
UPDATE: Willis, Francois, Seaton, Birnbaum, Martin and Kyle Porter will suit up for the Kickers.