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Matchday 13: DCU at KC

Greetings from Arrowhead.....

Flashback: 5:15 a.m., National Airport, holiday morning...........and lines at security. Go figure. Whatever. Easy flight, no traffic, let's play.

Hot and humid in the American heartland, hardly ideal conditions for futbol. Why is this game being played at high noon (local time)? Because the Royals have a night game next door this evening and the Wizards are forbidden from playing at the same time.

Which begs the question: If you can't have a postgame fireworks display, why bother playing on the Fourth of July? The lame answer is MLS scheduling issues. There are only so many open dates and times during the summer, this just happened to be one of them and MLS really wanted a full slate of games on the holiday. Concerned about the midday heat, United asked the league to move the game to Tues., July 17. The Wizards were open to the idea, but the MLS suits said no because it would have conflicted with players' all-star game obligations in Denver that same week.

So here we are.

My proposal: Both teams should have agreed to field reserve teams and play for a tie. Months (or weeks) from now, no one would have remembered. (Kidding -- sort of)

Of note: All-Star Game starters to face Celtic will be unveiled sometime Thursday. My fear is that the league won't announce it until halftime of the Houston-New York match tomorrow night on ESPN2, so we might have to wait a while.

DCU STARTERS: Perkins; Simms, McTavish, Vanney, Gros; Moose, Carroll, Gomez, Fred; Addlery, Emilio. Subs: J. Carroll, deRoux, North, Mediate, Dyachenko, Burch, Nolly.

As usual, use this space for pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts. I'll return again late today with bonus quotes and player ratings. Meantime, enjoy Freddy's hat trick at the U-20s and Moreno's goal at Copa:

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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