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PREVIEW: New York City FC vs. DC United (4pm ET, UniMas / Facebook Live)

Vieira’s boys head to the Swampland for their second 2017 tilt with the Black & Red.

Gauje’s back for more.
Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC usually beats DC United. In fact, they beat them four weeks ago in the Bronx to the tune of 4-0. In that affair, Maxi Moralez teleported. David Villa turned into Megazord. Rodney Wallace tasted blood and liked it.

Today’s match at the combination rat trap/roach motel known as RFK Stadium will be different. (Well, possibly.) Not only will a house full of United fans seek to tilt the emotional proceedings in favor of the hosts; midfield magician Luciano Acosta is back to help them exact revenge for last month’s stinging defeat in the South Bronx.

“I’ve been watching the last two games that DC played and they played really well,” Blues gaffer Patrick Vieira told NYCFC.com this week. “They’re in a good period at the moment. They managed to win the last game they played at home [against Philadelphia], so it’s going to be a difficult one.”

“I remember last year when we played [at RFK] and it was tough, and we’re expecting the same type of game, but we’re going to be ready. We’ll be going there to try to play the way we know.”

Indeed, for Patrick Vieira, philosophy is king. Adherence to his tripartite style — building from the back, keeping a high defensive line, and staying compact as a team — is utterly unwavering, so much so that there are real rumblings in the Five Boroughs about golden god Tommy McNamara sliding in for arcane wizard Andrea Pirlo in Vieira’s starting XI.

Whether Mac the Knife makes his first start of the year against the team that allowed New York City to claim his rights in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft is unknown. But we know for sure that this year’s edition of the Bronx Blues finally has a coherent blueprint to live by. And that ought to frighten the rest of the league, because the ruthless are only going to get ruthlesser.

INJURED & ABSENT

New York City:

QUESTIONABLE: Jonathan Lewis (ankle), Mikey Lopez (hip)

DC United:

SUSPENDED: Marcelo Sarvas

OUT: Eric Klenofsky (right MCL sprain), Patrick Mullins (hamstring), Rob Vincent (left knee meniscus)

HOW TO WATCH & STREAM

New York City FC vs. DC United
Saturday, April 8, 4:00pm ET
RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

WATCH on UniMas

STREAM on Univision Deportes & Facebook Live

LISTEN on WFAN 660AM (English) & WQBU 92.7 FM (Spanish). Radio streams are available at NYCFC.com/radio.