tBG) With D.C. United contending for the Supporters' Shield, is it smart for them to go for it all in the USOC?
B&RU) They didn't use any of their regular starters against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and they won't use any of their regular starters against the Philadelphia Union. We have a lot of love for the US Open Cup here in DC, especially since winning it in 2013 started this resurgence; however, the regular season is the priority until and if United make it to the semifinals.
tBG) What are the odds DC comes in overconfident, having beaten the Union twice in the U.S. Open Cup in years past?
B&RU) Fairly unlikely, given that they'll be playing a lineup full of backups. The backups themselves may press too hard, seeing as they're trying to prove themselves to Ben Olsen and tell him why they deserve a place in the starting lineup or in the regular matchday 18.
tBG) Would you expect a large contingent of fans to make the trek up I-95 for this match?
B&RU) I doubt it, mostly because of the fact that it is a Tuesday game and (sadly) some fans are just not as interested in the US Open Cup. However, I know that there will be a solid core of fans there, regardless of size.
Predicted lineup: Andrew Dykstra; Jalen Robinson, Kofi Opare, Markus Halsti, Luke Mishu; Miguel Aguilar, Jared Jeffrey, Facundo Coria, Conor Doyle; Chris Pontius, Jairo Arrieta
Predicted score: 1-0 D.C. United