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Matchday: D.C. United at Chicago Fire

Greetings from Chicagoland, where D.C. United will play its final away match of this sour season and Brian McBride, American legend, will bid farewell to the Toyota Park supporters in the Fire's home finale.

It's a sunny, breezy day in Bridgeview for a meeting between clubs heading into an uncertain winter after a disappointing year. Although United suffered a greater crash, setting MLS records for scoring futility, Chicago dropped from Eastern Conference finalists to playoff outsiders despite the addition of Nery Castillo, Freddie Ljungberg and Coach Carlos de los Cobos. A near-capacity crowd of 20,000 is expected.

Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET.
TV: Telefutura, Comcast SportsNet/DC.

DCU's lineup and reserves to come later.
DCU LINEUP: Perkins; McTavish, James, Jakovic, Zayner; Najar, King, Morsink, Quaranta; Hernandez, Allsopp. Subs: Harrison, Graye, Simms, Varela, Carreiro, Boskovic, Cristman. (Boskovic has a sore back after playing in a pair of Euro qualifiers for Montenegro but is available, if needed.)

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged. Enjoy.

By Steve Goff  | October 16, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Ok.......Go United.

Posted by: DCB23 | October 16, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Did you know there was once a man that walked in water?
Hopefully my DCU can work a miracle today. VAMOS UNITED!!!!

Posted by: bk2erth | October 16, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Is Simms not starting a health or performance issue?

Posted by: DCUinNYC | October 16, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Is Simms not starting a health or performance issue?

Posted by: DCUinNYC | October 16, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

DCUinNYC:

Health. He needs hernia surgery. If we didn't have an absurd injury list, he'd have gotten it by now. Instead, he's taking one for the team by toughing it out until the offseason.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | October 16, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Goff's pregame writeup in that link sounds like a pretty decent locker room motivational speech.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chest. No surprise from stand-up Simms.

Any online views of this match?

Posted by: DCUinNYC | October 16, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow.... D.C United... WOW.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | October 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching on atdhe.net

Allsopp really couldn't reach that one?????

And then best ball I've ever seen from McTavish.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

fallschurch1,

That was Hernandez, not Allsopp. That was a hard one to score on, but those types of opportunities can come back to haunt you later in the game.

Posted by: Unitedfury | October 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Is Olsen an idiot or is Allsopp really good at practice?

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | October 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

My grandmother in her walker is faster than Allsucks. Great striker pair. None of them can score.

Dave Kasper must go! Has he selected any good players? His record is just horrible.

If they make know front office changes after this year. I am done. They might as well move.

Posted by: NxtCent1 | October 16, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I meant Allsopp not reaching the ball that Najar managed to cross in from near the goal line. Then Hernandez from McTavish . . . what can you say. It takes more.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | October 16, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Olsen an idiot or is Allsopp really good at practice?

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | October 16, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

His choice is Allsopp or Christman or a 4-5-1.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | October 16, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

golf clap for Perkins clean sheet?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

WE SET RECORDS!

(and then, break them!)

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 16, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if Allsop is good at practice. Ben's choices are slim and Allsop is tied with Najar as leading scorer. Who else are you going to put in?

Posted by: spata1 | October 17, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

We MUST replace Allsopp and Hernandez. There is no use having them up front, because they don't even fight for the ball. Hernandez spends more time on the ground than the rest of the team put together !! Disgusting to watch Najar work so hard to get them the ball then NOTHING!

Posted by: patrick18 | October 18, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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