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November 3, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
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MLS Preview: D.C. United - New York Red Bulls

The Atlantic Cup rivals square off in D.C. United's first playoff game in five years.

By Seth Vertelney

Brandon Barklage, New York Red Bulls, D.C. United, MLS
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D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Pajoy, Maicon Santos.


OUT: FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain)

DOUBTFUL: MF Lewis Neal (L calf strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); FW Long Tan (L ankle sprain)
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Lade, Holgersson, Marquez, Pearce; Le Toux, Tainio, Cahill, McCarty; Cooper, Henry.


 OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (L plantar fascia injury); GK Ryan Meara (L hip surgery); MF Lloyd Sam (R knee PCL injury)
  • D.C. was set to travel to New York for the opening of the two-leg Eastern Conference semifinal, but due to Hurricane Sandy New York will go to RFK Stadium first, then D.C. will travel to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
  • The teams split the three match season series, with each club earning a win, draw and loss. Chris Pontius scored five goals in the three games.
  • On DCU's roster, only Mike Chabala, Stephen King, Brandon McDonald, Robbie Russell, Maicon Santos and Marcelo Saragosa have appeared in an MLS playoff game.
  • DCU is currently on a seven-game unbeaten run, going 5-0-2 since losing Dwayne De Rosario to injury.
  • The Red Bulls had two players finish among the league's top five goal scorers: Kenny Cooper (18) and Thierry Henry (15)
  • Of the five Eastern Conference playoff teams, the Red Bulls have the most goals scored (57), and the most goals allowed (46) on the season.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
28Bill HamidGoalkeeper
14Brandon McDonaldDefender
-Dejan JakovicDefender
23Perry KitchenMidfielder
22Chris KorbDefender
27Branko BoškovićMidfielder
55Marcelo SaragosaMidfielder
13Chris PontiusMidfielder
14A. NajarMidfielder
14Nick DeLeonMidfielder
-L. PajoyStriker
31Joe WillisGoalkeeper
3Robbie RussellDefender
-Emiliano Ariel DudarDefender
-Raphael AugustoMidfielder
24Lewis NealMidfielder
-Hamdi SalihiStriker
-Maicon SantosStriker
31L. RoblesGoalkeeper
4Rafa MárquezDefender
44Heath PearceDefender
-Marcus HolgerssonDefender
16Connor LadeDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
28Teemu TainioMidfielder
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
14Thierry HenryStriker
-Bill GaudetteGoalkeeper
7R. MillerDefender
15Tyler RuthvenDefender
22Stephen KeelDefender
-Jan Gunnar SolliMidfielder
33Kenny CooperStriker
Probable Lineups
Bill Hamid 28
Brandon McDonald 14
Dejan Jakovic 0
Perry Kitchen 23
Chris Korb 22
Branko Bošković 27
Marcelo Saragosa 55
Chris Pontius 13
A. Najar 14
Nick DeLeon 14
L. Pajoy 0
L. Robles 31
Rafa Márquez 4
Heath Pearce 44
Marcus Holgersson 0
Connor Lade 16
Tim Cahill 17
Sebastien Le Toux 11
Teemu Tainio 28
Dax McCarty 11
Joel Lindpere 0
Thierry Henry 14
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
NY Red Bulls
4 1