Apparently whining about playing time pays off because Charlie Davies is back in the DC United starting lineup. He's joined by the rest of the United first choice team, minus the injured Chris Pontius of course, who DC could really use right now as they chase the final playoff spot. Without a win tonight they will be eliminated from the postseason, but the Portland Timbers are right in the thick of the chase for that playoff spot too.
While DC is five points out of 10th place, Portland is just three points out. Both have two matches left compared to 10th place New York's one so they're alive, but because the Red Bulls will almost certainly have the edge in goal difference, three points tonight are crucial. In search of that, Portland also goes with a first choice starting lineup, except John Spencer has chosen not to start Jorge Perlaza for reasons only he could explain.