Sounders Insider

One MLS game tonight; and DC's in it

Sounders FC will have been off for 10 days by the time they return to league action Saturday at D.C. United.

United, meanwhile, will have played two league games since the U.S. Open Cup, including one tonight against the Wizards.

Here's a preview of that one, from

Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. (DK; MatchCenter)- Currently sitting on the cusp of the MLS Cup Playoffs field, D.C. United open a key stretch when they play host to the Kansas City Wizards in a midweek game at RFK Stadium. United are locked in a four-way tie for seventh place overall, but have their next five League games all at home, beginning with Wednesday's game. United will have significant absences in their defense, which has conceded 36 goals this season (fourth-most in MLS) as starters Marc Burch (ankle surgery) and Dejan Jakovic (hernia surgery) are both sidelined. The Wizards are coming off a 4-2 win at the New England Revolution on Saturday, which started a three-game road swing over a week's time. The win was Kansas City's first since June 13 and ended a four-game losing skid, giving Peter Vermes his first win as interim head coach. Claudio Lopez sent Kansas City on its way with a third-minute goal, snapping the club's goalless run at 426 minutes -- one shy of the club's all-time record -- and Josh Wolff won MLS Player of the Week honors with his third two-goal game of the year.