We all know the stakes for this one. Just ten days after Seattle came to RFK and won the U.S. Open cup in United's home, the expansion side returns to DC for a hugely important League match. Both teams are in the midst of a fight to make the playoffs, with every point gained important.
Seattle will be without Freddie Ljungberg who is serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation, while DC will again be without Marc Burch (ankle surgery) and Dejan Jakovic (bi-lateral hernia repair).
A crowd of more than 20,000 is expected tonight, so be sure to arrive early and check out the Latin Festival in Lot 8, which begins at 4pm. The late Danilo Noel Diron will be inducted into the Hall of Tradition pre-game, while the same honor will be bestowed upon Raul Diaz Arce at halftime.
Should be a fun one.
Here's what you should be reading in advance of heading to Lot 8:
- D.C. United Adds Defender Vaughn to Begin Playoff Push - by Steven Goff (Washington Post)
- United likes the sound of revenge vs. Seattle - by John Haydon (Washington Times)
- DCU pre-Seattle notes (and Vaughn signed) - by Craig Stouffer (Washington Examiner)
- United seek redemption vs. Seattle - by Charlie Boehm (dcunited.com)
- Reserves play key role for United - by Charlie Boehm (dcunited.com)
- Video: Access United - Episode 26 (dcunited.com)
- Video: Chris Pontius previews Seattle (dcunited.com)
- Sounders FC, Montero renew acquaintances with D.C. United - by Jose Romero (Seattle Times)
- Sounders face critical rematch with DC United - by Greg Johns (Seattle PI)
If you're on twitter and watching the game, tag all of your DCU-related tweets with #dcu or #dcunited and they'll be pulled onto the front page of dcunited.com.
What are your thoughts heading into tonight's match? What is your score prediction? Judging from Wednesday's lineup, who do you want to see on the field tonight?