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Matchday: DCU at RSL

Greetings from Salt Lake City.

Gorgeous spring day on the Wasatch Front: deep blue sky, snow-capped mountains, temps around 60, light breeze. While I, nor anyone else, will miss Rice-Eccles' artificial turf or excessive capacity, you can't beat the view from the upper levels of the hilltop stadium on the University of Utah campus.

As I hope to do on each road trip, I'll try to pass along a dining tip. In Kansas City, we went with Free State Brewing in Lawrence and Gates downtown. Here, I offer Settebello's fabulous brick-oven thin pizza.

Okay, tonight's match. As Insider loyalists already know, Comcast SportsNet will join the game in progress around 9:30 p.m. Plenty of radio options to follow the match in its entirety: WWWT-1500, WWWT-107.7-FM, WWWB-820, WFED-1050.

Thomas Rongen will handle TV color commentary, once again wearing a red bow tie. The stylish Dutchman! He tells me that he's headed to Portugal tomorrow for the U.S. under-20 national team's three-game tournament. He also says the team will travel to England next month and face club competition, though the U.S. squad will have new faces. Of note: Alfredo Morales, a new discovery, was pointed out to Rongen by his Hertha Berlin teammate, Bryan Arguez. Morales is from a military family and has apparently spent most of his years in Germany.

Big changes to the DCU lineup tonight amid a brutal stretch of matches: Carvallo for Wells, Mediate for Martinez, Dyachenko for Gallardo, Burch for Quaranta. So the formation will be a 3-4-3 with Carvallo in goal, Namoff, Peralta and Mediate in the back, Simms behind Dyachenko, Burch on the left, McTavish on the right, Fred, Emilio and Moreno across the top.

As usual, this is this place for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion.


By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2008; 8:05 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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