12 July 2006

Match 11.A Preview: Celtic FC

Match #: 11.A

Opponent: Celtic F.C., International Friendly

DC United, 12-1-5, 41 pts (2.27ppg), 1st in East Conference , 1st in MLS
Celtic F.C., In Preseason. 2005-06 Record: 28-7-3, 91 pts (2.39ppg), 1st in SPL

TV: Comcast SportsNet, 7:30PM

Previous Meeting: No previous meeting of these clubs.

Suggested Pregame Music: As much as I hate to pick Green Day, we're going with them since "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" makes a great counterpart to "You will never walk alone."

The Stakes: Celtic is in the middle of a somewhat disappointing world tour, coming off of difficult results in Poland. Fans of the Bhoys aren't particularly worried, and the results of the US tour may not count for much considering that star internationals are likely to be rested for the hoops. It won't quite be a "B" level team out there at RFK tonight, but it certainly won't be the "A" squad either. Stilian Petrov may play, and that's fine with me, since I always loved hearing his name announced when I managed Celtic in the EA FIFA Soccer '05 game.

DC is in the middle of a potentially historic MLS regular season run. Piotr Nowak is playing lip service in the Post to the idea that this is an important match:

"Of course the result matters," he said. "It's a very important game to our
franchise, and we have to treat this game with a lot of respect."

However, he indicates that he will be giving Troy Perkins the night off, and in the Times it sounds like Jamie Moreno will get a breather as well: "United's leading scorer, Jaime Moreno, said he and his teammates are looking forward to a day of rest. " This is fine by me. It's nice to feel like even with DC sending out not quite its best XI, this is still a game that will entertain and possibly result in a DC win.

Previews from the DCUniverse: DC Sun Devil, DCist

Previews from Celtic Blogs: Celtic Talk - Opposition Spotlight

Expected Yield: N/A. Anything can happen. However, I'm pulling for a DC win.

D's Location: RFK, Regular Seats

Last Words: Extreme Unction


At 12 July, 2006 12:31, Blogger I-66 said...

Did you say DCist? Be still my heart.

Jaime's going to be at the ESPY's. Taping tonight and, for some reason, airing on Sunday.

...and then every other day for the next 3 months.

At 12 July, 2006 15:00, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moreno won't play. From the Post article:

"Leading scorer Jaime Moreno has been in Los Angeles for the ESPY Awards and won't play tonight. Nowak said he hopes to use virtually the entire 27-player roster."


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