via press release:
NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S MLS COVERAGE CONTINUES WITH COLUMBUS CREW AT D.C. UNITED THIS SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET
“D.C. United has turned grand, old RFK Stadium into a fortress.” – Arlo White
“It is once again a rocking atmosphere that both teams will hope to survive.” – Kyle Martino
NEW YORK – March 20, 2013 – NBC Sports Network continues its MLS coverage this weekend with an Eastern Conference matchup when D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s MLS announce team of Arlo White (play-by-play), Kyle Martino (‘Between-the-Benches’) and Russ Thaler (analyst) will host coverage from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington, D.C.
WHITE AND MARTINO BREAK DOWN THE MATCHUP:
WHITE: “D.C. United has turned grand, old RFK Stadium into a fortress over the last year. They are unbeaten in 17 regular-season games, and the fans are pouring back to watch Ben Olsen's men in action. Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon present a massive threat in attack, and in Bill Hamid, D.C. may be nurturing the next great American goalkeeper.
“But Columbus has enjoyed a solid start to 2013 and in Frederico Higuain, they have a forward who is capable of thrilling moments and spectacular goals.”
MARTINO: “D.C. woke up a dormant fan base with their playoff run last year. It is once again a rocking atmosphere that both teams will hope to survive, though it’s not the ideal venue for a Columbus team seeking momentum.”
UPCOMING MLS GAMES ON NBC SPORTS NETWORK (subject to change):
Sat., March 23
Sat., March 30
Sat., April 6
Real Salt Lake
Sat., April 13
Sun., April 14
Sat., April 20
About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage
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