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                 === DCU makes playoff return against RBNY ===
 
 Washington,  D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United thought it had done enough to
 earn  home  field advantage in the  first round of the MLS Playoffs, finishing
 the regular season second in the Eastern Conference with 58 points.
 
 Unfortunately  for the  fabled club, that will not happen due to circumstances
 beyond its control.
 
 The  residual impact left by Hurricane Sandy has forced Major League Soccer to
 switch  the  location of Saturday's affair  as it was announced Wednesday that
 the  first leg of  its playoff series against Red Bull New York will be played
 at RFK Stadium instead of Red Bull Arena.
 
 "We're not down about it, we're not frustrated at all," United goalkeeper Bill
 Hamid  told  the club's official  website. "It's a  decision that was made and
 we've  got two games  to play. We want two wins and that's what we're going to
 fight for."
 
 It  will be United's first playoff match in five years as the club last made a
 postseason appearance in 2007.
 
 "Having these fans behind us, it's going to be a special night," said defender
 Brandon McDonald. "It's going to be a packed house. I think it's going to be a
 special time."
 
 It  should prove  to  be a  special  occasion  for Dax  McCarty  as well.  The
 midfielder joined the Red Bulls from D.C. last season and he will look to bite
 the hand that once fed him.
 
 "I obviously look forward to the game because it's my former team, but I don't
 think  I need any  extra motivation or need to pump myself up any more to play
 them,"  McCarty  told MLSsoccer.com. "I've said  this before; I think it was a
 good  trade  for both  teams. It wasn't  working out there  for myself and I'm
 really  happy here  in New York, so I'm  kind of glad that it happened. But at
 the end of the day I'm a competitor and I just want to win."
 
 McCarty  has been  a crucial figure for  New York this term, which is quite an
 accomplishment  given  the club's  high-profile roster  of Thierry Henry, Rafa
 Marquez and Tim Cahill.
 
 "Dax has been playing phenomenal for us," assistant coach Jan Halvor Halvorsen
 said. "We've been using him central, we have been using him as a wall in front
 of  the  back four in some  games [and he's]  done that perfect, he has played
 more  offensive  in the  midfield and done  that perfect, and  now he has been
 playing on the sides and have done that also very good."
 
 The  two sides  split the  three-game regular  season series,  going 1-1-1  in
 Atlantic  Cup play.  D.C. has  edged New  York in  aggregate scoring  in their
 meetings  thus  far though, putting eight  goals past the Red Bulls while only
 conceding five.
 
 
 
 
 
 11/02 14:39:34 ET

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