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U.S. Open Cup fever is rampant! D.C. United vs. FC Dallas tomorrow night (7:30) at RFK Stadium. The game is part of the season ticket package; otherwise, the turnout probably wouldn't fill the RFK training grounds.

The winner will face New York or San Jose in the next round of qualifying. The Red Bulls and Earthquakes meet next Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif. A coin flip will determine the host of the next stage. If DCU advances, May 12-13 or May 19-20 is the probable date.

The top six finishers in the 2008 regular season earned automatic berths to this summer's Open Cup round of 16: Columbus, Chicago, Houston, New England, Chivas USA and Kansas City. The other eight U.S. teams were sent to the preliminary rounds, with two set to advance. (Toronto FC cannot play in an American national competition.) Open Cup details are available.

Indications around the clubhouse is that DCU will start a blend of veterans and young players. Jacobson? Doe? N'Silu? Kocic?

Additional DCU news on the continuation of this thread.....

*Still awaiting MLS to certify the Avery John trade from New England to DCU. Might take a few days, but he has been here training with the club.

"He is an experienced player and is going to be a good addition to our team," defender Bryan Namoff said. "He's athletic -- big, fast, strong."

Santino Quaranta, on rookie Chris Pontius representing DCU in the MLS/CosmoGirl display: "He is such a pretty boy! You know what the big joke around here is? Remember Mike Zaher [now with San Jose]? If Mike Zaher and Devon McTavish had a baby, it would look just like Chris Pontius! I'm sorry, I'm sorry....." (laughter) McTavish was sitting next to Quaranta when he said it.

I'll be back later with comments from Coach Tom Soehn and midfielder Ben Olsen.....

By Steve Goff  |  April 21, 2009; 12:48 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. Open Cup  
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Comments

"Remember Mike Zaher [now with San Jose]? If Mike Zaher and Devon McTavish had a baby, it would look just like Chris Pontius!"

I shouldn't have been eating while reading that.

Posted by: sitruc | April 21, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Can I get my OWN beer man put on reserve for tomorrow?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 21, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Whats the lastest with DCU vs. Madrid?!?!?

Cant wait for that one.

Posted by: DCU-ManU | April 21, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

So the winner of the coin flip doesn't have to host the next round?

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 21, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Tino's comment about a McT/Zaher baby is pure gold!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 21, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

interesting that the subs we will use for tommorows game either played as starters last year for us or where good enough to play for us last year? at least its a home game, whether or not fans show up, DC allows knows that the SG will be there making noise

Posted by: Norteno4life | April 21, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The more I think about the move for John, the more I like it. I don't think he's the last missing piece to the puzzle or anything, but he has been a starter on good New England teams that went to MLS Cup on the left of their back three. With Burch looking ill-suited for that position and no other players in the squad being a real fit, it's a reasonable acquisition at a low cost (draft pick and someone like Khumalo, who is decent but is no better than 4th on the depth chart at any position he plays).

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 21, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

at least its a home game, whether or not fans show up, DC allows knows that the SG will be there making noise

Posted by: Norteno4life | April 21, 2009 2:05 PM
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Norteno,

Steven Goff is a respectable journalist. As such, he's not supposed to cheer out loud at United games!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 21, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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