D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Where: RFK Stadium.

When: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet.

Records: United 2-11-3, 9 points; Whitecaps 6-5-4, 22.

D.C. probable starters: GK Bill Hamid; Ds Chris Korb, Conor Shanosky, Daniel Woolard, Alain Rochat; MFs Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington, Kyle Porter; Fs Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario.

Vancouver probable starters: GK Brad Knighton; Ds Nigel Reo-Coker, Johnny Leveron, Carlyle Mitchell, Jordan Harvey; MFs Daigo Kobayashi, Brad Rusin, Matt Watson; Fs Russell Teibert, Kenny Miller, Camilo da Silva Sanvezzo.

Outlook: United remains the point-poorest team in MLS, but with a 3-1-1 spurt in all competitions over three weeks, the club appears to have found its footing. A 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Wednesday propelled United into the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Amid a troubling regular season, Coach Ben Olsen went all out in the Open Cup by playing most of his regulars. Fatigue could take a toll, though: United is playing its third match in eight days and will also visit Seattle and Colorado next week. The club stopped a 13-game regular season winless streak last weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes. Olsen said GK Bill Hamid will probably start against Vancouver before reporting to the U.S. national team Sunday ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which runs July 7-28. D Dejan Jakovic (adductor) remains out. D Ethan White (concussion) has been upgraded to questionable. MF Sainey Nyassi has overcome an ankle injury. Rochat was acquired from Vancouver on June 6 and Thorrington played the previous two seasons in Vancouver. The Whitecaps, holding the fifth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference, are 4-1-1 in their previous six league matches and have been off since a 3-1 comeback victory over Chivas USA on June 19. Sanvezzo is MLS’s fourth-leading scorer with eight goals.

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