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Union vs D.C. United: Preview, projected lineups, and how to watch

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The Union’s first game at Audi Field is a playoff-race six-pointer.

MLS: D.C. United at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in more than a year, the Union are down in Washington to take on D.C. United. After years of heated matches at RFK Stadium and the Maryland SoccerPlex, the I-95 rivalry will grace Audi Field, the soccer-specific stadium DCU opened not even two months ago.

United have been in good-form since the night their long-awaited stadium saw its first action. DCU defeated Vancouver, 3-1, on July 14th, and won three of the four home games that followed. After a terrible, road-game-heavy start to the season saw DCU win just twice through the first three and a half months of the season, they’ve managed to claw themselves back into the playoff picture.

Tonight’s match holds serious playoff implications for both sides. DCU currently sits on 27 points through 23 games, putting them two spots below the red line, while the Union’s 36 points through 25 games have them in fifth. A win tonight would be huge for either club, as it’s their last opportunity of the season to take points off each other directly.

Projected lineups

Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake; Keegan Rosenberry, Jack Elliott, Auston Trusty, Raymon Gaddis; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya; CJ Sapong, Borek Dočkal, Fafa Picault; Cory Burke

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Oniel Fisher, Kofi Opare, Steve Birnbaum, Joseph Mora; Russell Canouse, Junior Moreno; Paul Arriola, Luciano Acosta, Zoltan Stieber; Wayne Rooney

How to watch

Where: Audi Field, Washington, D.C.

When: 8:00 P.M. EST, Wednesday, August 29, 2018

TV: PHL17

Streaming: ESPN+

Radio: Union Radio