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Preview: DC United at Sounders

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Captain Curt Onalfo leads last-placed DC United into Qwest Field Thursday evening for the last match before the World Cup breaks out.

When: 7:00PM kickoff
Where: Qwest Field
How: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Preview at Goal.com

I have a special thing for Onalfo, as for some reason I seem to follow him around. My first ever Sounders game at Qwest was an US Open Cup penalties win over Onalfo's then MLS Wizards. And it seems I've been to every game since where Onalfo has visited. Onalfo's current record against Seattle is 1-3, with two losses in Open Cup play. Notably, DC United's loss in the Open Cup final at RFK last year was before he was named their new manager (Dec 28, 2009), but that was after KC was taking a nosedive under him that capitulated in a 6-0 loss against Dallas.

I like this guy about as much as he likes Seattle. As much as he likes "that punk" Fredy Montero, as much as he thinks Seattle is a team of "diving cheats".

When it comes to Onalfo, I'm not afraid to trash talk. His singularly brilliant style of management has flipped the tables. He's helped to turn the 2007 Supporter's Shield winners into contenders for last place. But not for lack of trying. Injuries definitely have had a hand in this season's rough start. But, in the end, Onalfo simply has no idea what he is doing. Oddly enough, most DCU fans will agree.

However, the controversial manager has an array of offensive weapons in front of him, with a lot of young guns waiting to make an impact in MLS. Yet, under his leadership, DC somehow botched the resigning of 2007 MVP and Golden Boot winner Luciano Emilio, who's been misfiring this season due to his unsettling, along with underperforming forwards Chris Pontius and Jaime Moreno. Capped Santino Quaranta and Clyde Simms have been past DCU stalwarts, but are languishing in inconsistency. Newcomer and former Notts County/Hull City striker Danny Allsopp hasn't quite had the expected splash Barra Brava have hoped for. Lastly, DC have a lot of bright potential, with 17 year-old World Cup bound Andy Najar and Bill Hamid quietly earning their titles as wunderkids (slightly jealous).

Seattle showed brilliant first half dominance against the New England Revolution, the kind of inspired home performance we've all been missing. With the game's performance still fresh, it'll be nice to wrap up the first semester of MLS with a good grade. A comfortable spanking of DC would do nicely.

If you're planning on being at the game, go a little early and grab a delicious bratwurst before the game!

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The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill can cook up to 750 brats at a time, or 2,500 per hour. It weighs in at 53,000 pounds and measures 6 feet in diameter, 20 feet tall and 65 feet in length.

The Giant Truck Grill will be there, beginning at 5PM, to serve hungry Sounders fans and help raise funds for the United Nations Nothing But Nets campaign against Malaria. A suggested donation along with your brat would help make this tour and campaign successful in raising funds to fight off Malaria this summer in Africa. The grill alone has helped raise over $3 million for organizations all around the country. But you stopped reading after "750 brats at a time". It's OK, I just realized how hungry I am too. And, now I know what I want to drive around when I grow up.

Um yeah, 4-1 Sounders demolition. Can you smell Onalfo cooking already? Yeah, that's him steaming mad...

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