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MLS: D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids

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Pregame reading material: My story about a United bench that, amid injuries, a suspension and congested schedule, will play an important role for Coach Ben Olsen, starting tonight against the Colorado Rapids at RFK Stadium.

Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET.

Local TV: Comcast SportsNet.

National TV: Univision Deportes.

Referee: Allen Chapman.

Game-time weather: 83 degrees, 56 percent humidity, 0 percent chance of rain.

United at home: 7-2-3, 19 goals for, 9 against.

Rapids on road: 2-6-3, 13 goals for, 22 against.

All-time regular season series at RFK: United has won 11, lost three, drawn five.

Rapids have lost three in a row and are 1-4-2 in the past seven matches. United has lost two straight since winning four in a row.

DCU official injury report: Chris Pontius (hamstring), Conor Doyle (knee), Andrew Dykstra (Achilles’ tendon), Jeff Parke (migraines), Chris Korb (hamstring) and Michael Seaton (quadriceps) are out.

Suspended: Eddie Johnson (two games).

DCU lineup: Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp; DeLeon, Kitchen, Arnaud, Rolfe; Silva, Espindola. Subs: Willis, Opare, Estrada, Caskey, Neal, Jeffrey, Porter.

COL lineup: Irwin; Klute, Wynne, Moor, Burch; Sanchez, Jose Mari, LaBrocca, Serna; Powers, Brown. Subs: Nasco, Neeskens, Watts, Alvarez, Hairston, Torres, Buddle.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the 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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