The 2011 MLS season couldn't have started much better for D.C. United. Their impressive 3-1 victory at home over the Columbus Crew last weekend included two goals from Charlie Davies in his first competitive match in over a year, and a high-quality defensive effort from the team's young back-line, led by 19-year old rookie Perry Kitchen. United will hope to continue that success at 4:30 PM today on the road against the New England Revolution.
United will be missing three important defensive starters from last week though. Kitchen is on duty with the U-20 U.S. National Team as the teenagers attempt to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, while right back Jed Zayner and central defensive midfielder Clyde Simms will each sit out due to injuries. 2010 holdover Kurt Morsink will replace Simms in the midfield, while Uruguayan international Rodrigo Brasesco and second-round pick Chris Korb will step in on the back-line.
The Revolution are coming off a controversial 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy last week. Following that match, Landon Donovan suggested that the Revs were just playing for the draw, but they'll certainly be going for the win today at home.
The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet. To discuss the match with other United fans, you can head over to Black And Red United.