Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
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.
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.
On a night when league legend Dwayne De Rosario scored the 100th goal of his MLS career, who would have thought makeshift left back Wilman Conde would be the one stealing the show with a spectacular finish?
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.
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.
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).
For D.C. United (11-8-4), tonight's match against the visiting Chicago Fire (12-7-5) is a big one. After dropping two points at home against Philadelphia on Sunday and going 1-3-1 in their past five, United could sure use a win at RFK Stadium (7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet) against a surging Chicago team to get back on track and secure their positioning in the tight Eastern Conference.
Well Mark Geiger sure turned a fairly forgettable match Sunday night into one to remember, didn't he?
A budding rivalry between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union was given an extra spark this week when the two sides swapped players just days before their meeting at RFK Stadium. Shipped up Interstate 95 was 22-year-old midfielder Danny Cruz, while veteran forward Lionard Pajoy found himself in the nation's capital.
Six years after departing D.C. United at the end of an up-and-down stint with the club as a overly hyped child prodigy, Freddy Adu will finally play his first game at RFK Stadium as a visiting player Sunday when his Philadelphia Union come to town.
D.C. United on Thursday shook up their attack, acquiring Colombian striker Lionard Pajoy and an international roster spot from the Philadelphia Union for midfielder Danny Cruz.
At this point, it's safe to say Sporting Kansas City has D.C. United's number. In the Ben Olsen era, United are now 0-4-0 against Peter Vermes' Kansas City side. And none of those games has been particularly pretty for United, as Kansas City has made a habit of using its 4-3-3 formation to overrun D.C. in midfield and dominate possession from beginning to end.
The Eastern Conference is tight. Really tight. As things stand, just six points separate first place in the conference from the fifth and final playoff slot. Considering the MLS postseason format gives a crucial first-round bye to the top three teams, the stretch run will be key -- much more so than in past years when the playoffs were more forgiving to lower seeds.
D.C. United on Thursday acquired defender Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers for a 2014 supplemental draft pick.
With less than three months before the MLS playoffs start, the league Wednesday announced new tiebreakers to determine which teams will make the postseason and how they will be seeded.
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