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D.C. United faces Houston Dynamo in season finale

Midfielder Nick DeLeon and D.C. United have gone winless in their last 11 MLS regular season contests. (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)
D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo

Where: RFK Stadium.

When: 1:30 p.m. TV: WRC-4, WBAL-11.

Records: United 3-23-7, 16 points; Dynamo 13-11-9, 48.

D.C. probable starters: GK Bill Hamid; Ds Chris Korb, Conor Shanosky, Daniel Woolard, Dennis Iapichino; MFs Nick DeLeon, Jared Jeffrey, Lewis Neal, Luis Silva, Chris Pontius; F Dwayne De Rosario.

Houston probable starters: GK Tally Hall; Ds Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe; MFs Oscar Boniek Garcia, Warren Creavalle, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis; Fs Giles Barnes, Will Bruin.

Outlook: United limps into the finale with an 11-game regular season winless streak, a rut that began in August. With a loss or draw, D.C. would set the MLS record for fewest victories. At best, it will equal the mark set by the Tampa Bay Mutiny over 27 games in 2001 and matched by expansion Chivas USA in 32 matches four years later. The Dynamo, the MLS Cup runner-up the previous two seasons, is locked in a congested playoff scramble but realistically needs three points to qualify. Given the importance of Sunday’s game, many regulars were held out of a 1-0 loss to Arabe Unido in a crucial CONCACAF Champions League match Thursday in Panama. Houston won the two previous meetings with United, 2-0 at home in the season opener and 4-0 at RFK in May. MF-D Perry Kitchen, United’s best player this season, is serving a yellow-card suspension.

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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