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Thomas Floyd covers D.C. United for The Washington Times.
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.
Midfielder Andy Najar has returned from his Olympic exploits with Honduras, joining his D.C. United teammates for training Tuesday morning after a monthlong absence.
Columbus Crew rookie Kirk Urso died last night, the club announced. He was 22.
At last, after a bizarre bit of scheduling left D.C. United with a grand total of five league matches the past two months, including just one game at RFK Stadium, the club's MLS slate is back in full swing.
D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar and the Honduras Olympic squad Wednesday advanced to the quarterfinals, in which they will face gold-medal favorite Brazil on Saturday at noon.
D.C. United are naturally keeping tabs on the Olympic exploits of midfielder Andy Najar, who has started Honduras' first two games, including a 1-0 upset that eliminated Spain on Sunday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic loomed large over RFK Stadium on Saturday in more ways than one. The prolific 6-foot-5 Swedish striker, signed earlier this month for a reported $25 million, made his Paris Saint-German debut in a friendly against D.C. United and he did not disappoint, scoring in the third minute when he curled a left-footed strike inside the far post.
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