D.C. prepared to fight Revolution

he has a tendency to maybe fake near and fade to the far post, and Ralston somehow always finds a way to get the ball to his head. That's something we'll look to cut off."

United won the season series with the Revs with two wins and two draws, but every match was even-handed and closely fought. Now D.C., whose five-game unbeaten streak makes them the league's hottest team, meets the biggest underdogs of 2004 -- a Revs side that barely made the playoffs yet find themselves one game away from the MLS Cup Final.

Charles Boehm is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

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