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Added Santos: “The competition is always there, no matter what.”

NOTES: D.C. United on Thursday acquired defender Mike Chabala from the Portland Timbers for a 2014 supplemental draft pick. The 28-year-old gives the club insurance at left back with Daniel Woolard sidelined by a concussion.

• Midfielder Kurt Morsink (no appearances this season) has announced his retirement. He will remain with the club as its scouting director.