GAMETHREAD: FIRE @ D.C. United, 3:20 CDT, NBCSN

Tasos Katopodis

Hooray - no Unimas! The Men in Red are looking for their first win, and DC United is looking for their first point

I never liked Marco Etcheverry, or his achy-breaky mullet . That's apropos of nothing, I realize, aside from the fact that he played for DC United. And that makes him just a bit distasteful.

I never really thought much of DC United as a rival for Chicago - mostly because, when I was growing up and really paying attention (2001-ish on), there really weren't very many memorable games between the two clubs. And yet, there's a sense of rivalry between the two teams. Ever since Jerzy Podbrozny scored the winner ending the DC Dynasty at the league's inception, it's been that way. And it's compounded by the fact that these two teams find themselves in strangely similar positions.

They both have young American goal keepers looking to win themselves a World Cup roster spot, and are both flying out to USMNT camp for the game against Mexico on Tuesday. Both have high-profile American strikers who have yet to "Put it on the board, Yes!" this year. And most importantly, both teams are still looking for their first win of the season.

Lovel Palmer is still out, which means Matt Watson at right back again, most likely. Patrick Nyarko's suspension is up, and Chris Rolfe is looking for a home for his dog. The next generation is here with Harry Shipp and Benji Joya. And if Shipp can replicate his crosses from the home opener, DC's defense could be in trouble. On paper, this game should be fun, and it has to follow Arsenal/Manchester City. So, lets hope it is; the Light Blues will surely kill my dreams of an Arsenal staying alive, despite Chelsea losing to Crystal Palace.

You can find our in depth preview here. and our chat with Black and Red United here.

And, as always, remember those words of wisdom: LOLEddie Johnson.

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