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

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Postgame observations: D.C. United 1, Chivas USA 0

Ten days ago, D.C. United's playoff hopes seemed dim. The club sat on the outside looking in at the postseason as news came out that the club would be without captain Dwayne De Rosario for the rest of the regular season. Forgiving schedule or no, that was a tall task for the United team that has missed the playoffs four years in a row.

Postgame observations: D.C. United 1, Philadelphia 0

No De Ro? No problem. OK, that's not really true. But in the two games since D.C. United captain Dwayne De Rosario sprained his MCL, the club has secured all six points, putting together its first winning streak since June when it wrapped a four-game tear with -- you guessed it -- a 1-0 win at the Philadelphia Union.

Branko Boskovic sounds off on early hook

D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic, who has made it past the 75th minute in just one of his 10 starts this season and was pulled in the 56th minute of Saturday's 2-1 win over the New England Revolution, on Tuesday sounded off on his playing time.

Postgame observations: D.C. United 2, New England 1

It sure wasn't pretty, but D.C. United got the job done last night in Game 1 of this seven-game stretch that will test the team's talent, depth and resolve as it attempts to make the postseason without the help of injured MVP Dwayne De Rosario.

Postgame observations: Salt Lake 1, D.C. United 0

For the past two matches, D.C. United's energy has been admirable considering the sheer number of minutes those players have logged over the past two weeks. But United took just a single point from those contests, settling for a draw at home against New York before falling 1-0 last night at Real Salt Lake.

Match primer: D.C. United at Real Salt Lake

For the first time since mid-May, D.C. United tonight will face a Western Conference opponent. United's trip to Rio Tinto Stadium to take on Real Salt Lake is a definite change of pace for a club that has faced a slew of crucial in-conference matchups in the past month.

Match primer: New York Red Bulls at D.C. United

One of the reasons D.C. United have found themselves enjoying increased success in 2012 is the team's uncanny ability to avoid losing streaks. Just twice this season has the club dropped two games in a row, and it has avoided a three-match skid altogether.

Match primer: D.C. United at Montreal Impact

With Saturday's first-ever trip to Montreal to face the Impact, D.C. United have a prime opportunity to bury their closest opposition for the final playoff slot and make claim consecutive wins for the first time since May.

Postgame observations: D.C. United 4, Chicago 2

Now there's the D.C. United team we got used to seeing this spring. After scoring just three goals in their past five games, United (12-8-4) surpassed that total in a mere 90 minutes Wednesday with a key 4-2 win over the Chicago Fire (12-8-5).