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At 17-10-7, United boast a better mark than the remaining Western Conference sides, the Seattle Sounders and the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy.

But there still is plenty of work to be done before United can think of such things.

“The emotions are running high here — everyone’s very excited,” midfielder-forward Chris Pontius said amid the postgame joviality. “We’ll enjoy it tonight, and then everything has got to be focused on Houston.”