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Matchday 12: DCU vs. Colorado

Crisis averted -- thanks to a forklift and an old red dump truck.

It seems the engines that move the third-base grandstands at our beloved Estadio RFK into place on the far sideline for soccer were not working properly this afternoon, so for a while, United feared playing tonight's match with no seats on the east side of the facility and the Barra Brava and Screaming Eagles behind the north goal.

Facility folks moved in the heavy equipment, connected it to the enormous structure and started pulling. For much of the process, the back wheels on the dump truck were spinning and kicking up warning track dirt. (Oh, ow the Nationals are going to love this!) It took a while, but they got it done. Fans were not allowed to enter until an hour before kickoff, 30 minutes later than usual. Now let's see if they're able to slide the section back into place for baseball. Otherwise, it's going to be a mighty short left field porch at which Ryan Zimmerman to take aim.

Okay, as for the match.....

DCU STARTERS:
As expected.....Perkins; McTavish, Simms, Erpen, Gros; Moose, Fred, Carroll, Gomez; Kpene, Emilio.
Namoff (hamstring) is not on the game-day roster. Jeff Carroll, newly signed Mediate and deRoux are among the active reserves, along with Nolly, Addlery, Burch and Dyachenko.

Gomez is wearing the captain's armband.

As usual, share your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts here. I'll be back later with bonus quotes and player ratings. PLEASE, no USA-ARG chatter here. We have a separate forum for the Copa America match.

By Steve Goff  |  June 28, 2007; 5:56 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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