USOC Preview: DC United, Real Salt Lake seek to advance

DC, RSL face off for a crack at the round of 16
USOC Preview: DC vs RSL

The basics

Real Salt Lake at DC United in a USOC play-in game at RFK Stadium; 7:30 p.m. ET.

The all-time record between these teams is tied at 4 wins and 4 losses, plus 2 draws.

What's at stake?

Goalkeeper Hamid one for the future, says Guzan

US backup, Howard weigh in on MLS' GK production line
Guzan: Hamid "fantastic"

The next American goalkeeping sensation is D.C. United teenager Bill Hamid. At least, that’s according to the last player who carried the title.

“He’s one that has a lot of potential, but it’s almost too early to tell,” US backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan told last week. “I think he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and a fantastic athlete, and I think if he can keep going in the right direction, he’ll be alright.”

VIDEO: Santino Quaranta recaps Chivas USA

The veteran midfielder was happy with the come-from-behind win
Santino Quaranta intervie

VIDEO: Stephen King recaps Chivas USA

The midfielder earned his first start with United
Stephen King interview

DC point to Milan win for lifted confidence and play

Last-minute win over Chivas continues momentum gained in midweek
DC lift confidence & play

Bad luck and big letdowns have become the norm for D.C. United this season and the stars seemed to be aligning against them again at several junctures in Saturday night’s 3-2 win over Chivas USA at RFK Stadium.


Highlights: D.C. United vs Chivas USA

Saturday, May 29, 2010 - D.C. 3, Chivas USA 2
Highlights: DC 3, Chivas

VIDEO: Chris Pontius previews Chivas USA

The team gained confidence from the AC Milan match
Chris Pontius

VIDEO: Adam Cristman previews Chivas USA

United's forward talks about the team's push for more goals
Adam Cristman

D.C. United seek to build momentum against Chivas USA

Mid-week defeat of AC Milan gave the team a much-needed boost
D.C. seek to build moment

After this week’s 3-2 friendly win over AC Milan, D.C. United are undefeated in non-league matches and --curiously-- undefeated on Wednesdays, scoring nine goals in three midweek games.

Alas, their weekend league matches have been another story altogether, as proven by 1-8 record in MLS play. But United head into Saturday night’s match against Chivas USA hopeful that Wednesday night’s offensive explosion against a top European club will help them break a three-match league losing streak and their accompanying 326-minute scoring drought.

Rookie Graye making most of opportunity at DC

Injuries hand local defender starting role at right back
DC's Graye holds his own

On a wild
Wednesday night when no less than 40 players took the field at RFK Stadium, the
brief list of those who lasted the full 90 minutes of D.C. United’s exhibition
match against AC Milan is noteworthy. Its members: Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro
Nesta, Alexandre Pato, Christian Abbiati and the home team’s sole
representative, Jordan Graye.

Not bad
company for a rookie MLS defender widely assumed to be training fodder a few
months ago when United used their only pick of the 2010 SuperDraft to make him
the 55th overall selection.

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