Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Last year, D.C. United at Seattle Sounders
FC was not a particularly intriguing fixture as the Sounders trounced United,
3-0, at CenturyLink Field.
But at RFK Stadium, D.C. picked up a 2-1 win and the proceedings could be much
more interesting on Saturday when the two sides take the pitch for their lone
meeting in 2012.
Marc Burch spent four seasons with D.C. United before being selected by
Seattle in the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. After a poor showing against the San
Jose Earthquakes last weekend, a match that the Sounders lost on penalty kick
awarded from a Burch foul, the 27-year-old has a point to prove against team
that left him unprotected in the Re-Entry Draft in September.
"Obviously any time you play against your old club you're motivated to go out
there and play," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told the club's website.
"Sometimes you can be over-motivated, that can work against you a little bit.
I think everybody always looks forward to playing their old team and putting
on a good performance."
Burch even provided some bulletin board material for his former side, claiming
D.C. never should have let him go.
"They had the opportunity to keep me and they didn't," Burch said. "I don't
believe that their left back is better than I am, but if that's what they
think, then that's what they think. It's time to prove that we have a much
better team here and I'm excited to be here."
Daniel Woolard, United's current left back, did not seem to take offense to
"It is what it is," Woolard told dcunited.com "I'm just trying to go out
there and win the game for our fans and get three points."
D.C. United could not have picked a better time to head out west to face the
always on-form Sounders. Seattle is coming off a disappointing home loss to
the Earthquakes, the polar opposite of United's last contest.
After a slow start to the season that saw D.C. take just one point from its
opening three matches, things clicked for the team last week as they handed a
FC Dallas a humbling 4-1 defeat at RFK Stadium.
But if there is one thing that could slow United down, it's the suspension to
Brandon McDonald. The defender was handed a one-match ban after a reckless
challenge in the victory over FC Dallas.
McDonald is expected to be replaced by Dejan Jakovic, and the Canadian
recognized that communication will prove to be key if United wish to overcome
"I have a chance to come in and help the team get another win, that's the way
I'm looking at it," said Jakovic. "We have to make sure we are on the same
page. We've had a bunch of different lineups, so just communication and being
on the same page is important."