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

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Match primer: Chicago Fire at D.C. United

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.

Match primer: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United

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.

Interview outtakes: Freddy Adu

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.

Postgame observations: Kansas City 2, D.C. United 1

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.

Match primer: D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City

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.

Match primer: Columbus Crew at D.C. United

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.

Roundup: Introducing Ibrahimovic, Baltimore's dour draw and more

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.