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Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.

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Robbie Russell, Daniel Woolard ready if called upon

If there was a silver lining to Andy Najar's red card Saturday that knocked the 19-year-old right back out of D.C. United's second leg against the New York Red Bulls, it's that the club has a couple veterans with playoff experience ready to step in.

Postgame roundup: D.C. United 1, Red Bulls 1

It was far from pretty, but D.C. United's first playoff game in five years Saturday sure was entertaining. In a match that featured a missed penalty kick, a red card after two rapid-fire cautions, and, most bizarrely, the teams trading own goals four minutes apart, United and the New York Red Bulls will enter Wednesday's second leg tied 1-1.

Officials discuss D.C. United, New York swapping home playoff dates

Four days after earning home-field advantage in the MLS playoffs, D.C. United saw it taken away by forces well beyond its control. With the New York metropolitan area still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, MLS on Wednesday announced United and the New York Red Bulls would swap home playoff dates in the two-game, total-goals Eastern Conference semifinal.

The year that was: TWT's MLS awards picks

Seven months and 18 days after the MLS regular season kicked off, it came to a close Sunday night. As we brace ourselves for the playoffs, let's look back at the 2012 campaign by focusing on its standout players. Here are my first- and second-team all-league selections, as well as the votes I submitted for the various MLS awards.

Postgame roundup: D.C. United 1, Chicago 1

With crucial seeding at stake, D.C. United on Saturday faced a playoff team for the first time since Dwayne De Rosario went down with a knee injury more than a month ago. And just as they have throughout this unbeaten run without their talisman, United found a way to get the result they needed.

Seeding at stake as D.C. United face Chicago

Today's match between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire (4 p.m., NBCSN) was stripped of its do-or-die status when United clinched a playoff berth with last weekend's 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew. But there still is plenty at stake in this one.

D.C. United on verge of ending playoff drought

For D.C. United, the drought is almost over. With just a draw in either of their final two games, United will clinch their first playoff berth since 2007. A win in either match will ensure D.C. will finish no worse than fourth, guaranteeing the club at least one home playoff game. And two wins will lock United into a top-three spot and a bye to the conference semifinals.

Graham Zusi's college, MLS and national team coaches discuss the ex-Terp

With U.S. all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan sidelined by a knee injury, former University of Maryland standout Graham Zusi, now an All-Star and MVP candidate with Sporting Kansas City, seems poised to take over a creative midfield role for the Americans during crucial World Cup qualifiers Friday night at Antigua and Barbuda and Tuesday against Guatemala.

Postgame observations: D.C. United 1, Toronto FC 0

D.C. United are getting pretty good at this winning ugly thing. With a 1-0 triumph at Toronto FC on Saturday, the club improved to 4-0-1 since captain Dwayne De Rosario suffered a sprained knee ligament. And three of those wins have been 1-0 results.