Who: D.C. United (8-4-3, 27 points) at Union (2-7-2, eight points)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: PPL Park, Chester

TV: Comcast SportsNet; Galavision

On the web: Streaming online at

For kicks: The first match in the John Hackworth era is actually a rematch: The Union defeated D.C. United, 2-1, in U.S. Open Cup play two weeks ago, a physical affair that took extra time to settle in Maryland. United hasn't forgotten what went down, especially midfielder Brandon McDonald, who received a red card after getting into a skirmish with Union defender Carlos Valdes, who will play in this match but is out for the June 26 USOC quarterfinal game against Harrisburg. "We are going in with a chip on our shoulder," McDonald told the team's website. "They took away Open Cup from us, which is something we really wanted collectively as a group. So we have to come out and prove that that was a fluke." One United advantage: The return of both Dejan Jakovic and top goal scorer Dwayne DeRosario. Both were with the Canadian national team during the two-week break from MLS play for FIFA World Cup qualifying … The Union get a pair of players back from World Cup qualifying, as well as defender Porfirio Lopez (Costa Rica) and Gabriel Gomez (Panama) … United goalkeeper Bill Hamid ranks second in the league overall with a 0.83 goals against average and a pair of shutouts in six matches.

INJURY REPORT (as of June 12)

Out for the Union: Krystian Witkowski, FW (concussion symptoms); Gabriel Farfan, D (back spasms); Cristhian Hernandez, MF (right knee sprain); Chris Albright, D (right foot sprain)

Doubtful: Sheanon Williams, D (right big toe sprain)

Questionable: Chase Harrison, GK (left ankle sprain); Michael Farfan, MF (left foot contusion); Chandler Hoffman, FW (left heel contusion)

Probable: Keon Daniel, MF (left ankle sprain)

Out for D.C. United: Lance Rozeboom, MF (left knee ACL tear)

Questionable: Danny Cruz, MF (right hamstring strain)

Probable: Branko Boskovic, MF (abductor strain)


"I'm not a wine connoisseur, but I know what good wine tastes like. And when I sipped the wine recently, it didn't taste so good."

— Union CEO and managing partner Nick Sakiewicz during Wednesday's presser to announce former manager Peter Nowak's sacking.