USOC quarterfinal: DCU vs. Harrisburg City Islanders
D.C. United faces the Harrisburg City Islanders tonight at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Should the team advance tonight, it would host the winner of Rochester Rhinos vs. Wilmington Hammerheads at the SoccerPlex on July 21.
During his three-plus seasons as United's head coach, Tom Soehn has only lost a single game in Open Cup play - the 1-0 defeat at the hand of the Islanders on July 11, 2007 (Soehn's first full season). Since that loss, the team is 7-0 in the tournament. Only three players remain from the group that played in that 2007 game - Marc Burch, Devon McTavish and Clyde Simms.
Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio remain doubtful for tonight's match, but after playing in the second half on Saturday Fred is available to the coaches.
Here are a few things to get you up to speed on tonight's game:
- Harrisburg City Islanders at D.C. United - by Paul Tenorio (The Washington Post)
- United's unlikely past - by John Haydon (Washington Times)
- Isle's Baker faces boyhood idols - by Michael Bullock (pennlive.com)
- mlsnet.com preview
- usopencup.com quarterfinal previews
So, what say you? Can United get past the City Islanders this time around? Any predicitions? Who would you like to see in the starting lineup tonight?