It's pretty tough to forget the 3-0 loss the team suffered in Colorado last month at the hands of the Rapids. United was playing its third game in eight days, at altitude and without the services of Jaime Moreno, Luciano Emiliio and Fred.
This time around, the team will have Moreno, Emilio and Fred available for selection, but will be without Santino Quaranta (U.S. vs. Panama, 7:30 p.m. ET) and Dejan Jakovic (Canada vs. Honduras, 5 p.m. ET), both of whom are playing in their respective Gold Cup quarterfinal games tonight.
Tonight's game starts at 8 p.m. ET and is the second game in a double header with Women's Professional Soccer - Washington Freedom vs. St. Louis Athletica kicks off at 5 p.m. ET at RFK. You can watch both matches locally on Comcast SportsNet.
A few pre-game primers for you this morning:
- United Hopes History Keeps Rapids at Bay - by Steven Goff (Washington Post)
- Recharged United is ready for Rapids - by Scott Miller (Washington Times)
- Boyzzz electrifying United side - by Charlie Boehm (dcunited.com)
- United's McTavish working to overcome obstacles - by Charlie Boehm (dcunited.com)
A decent crowd is expected tonight - maybe even the biggest crowd of the year - so be sure to grab a few friends and head out to RFK Stadium.
If you're at the game, or watching on TV, you can join the Twitter conversation by tagging your United-related tweets with #dcu - they'll show up on the front page of dcunited.com during the game!
Anyone for a score prediction? We'll give away two tickets to an upcoming game to anyone that gets it right!