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Chicago Fire vs. DC United - MLS #24 - 8:00 PM CST - ESPN2 - Gamethread

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Marco Pappa - one of the few Fire players who will suit up tonight and suited up last year against D.C. too.
Marco Pappa - one of the few Fire players who will suit up tonight and suited up last year against D.C. too.

The last time D.C. United came to Toyota Park was on October 16, 2010.  It was Brian McBride's last home game and it turned out to be C.J. Brown's last home game too.  306 days is a long time but it feels even longer ago, more distant.  The lineup for that game was Andrew Dykstra; Steve Kinney, Wilman Conde, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Deris Umanzor; Bratislav Ristic, Logan Pause, Peter Lowry, Marco Pappa; Brian McBride, Patrick Nyarko.  Freddie Ljungberg (56'), Corben Bone (62'), and Calen Carr (89') entered the game as substitutes. 

The fact that Pause, Pappa, Nyarko, and Bone are the only players that are even eligible to enter tonight's game demonstrates what a massive rebuild has taken place this year.  Usually when these rebuilds take place, MLS teams are just terrible and end up getting outscored like last year's D.C. United team that finished with a goal differential of -26.  There were games where D.C. went in last year and had no hope.  It's tough to hope for a win but we aren't praying for a non-blowout.  Let the rebuilding continue tonight.  Chicago 2 - D.C. United 1.  Yours and ours comments below.