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FILE - This Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, shows Real Salt Lake forward Alvaro Saborio, left, and Los Angeles Galaxy defender A.J. DeLaGarza going after the ball in the first half during an MLS Western Conference semifinal, first leg playoff soccer match, in Sandy, Utah. Real Salt Lake has traded Saborio to D.C. United for midfielder Luis Silva. Saborino leaves as RSL's all-time leading scorer with 63 MLS goals and 79 in all matches. The 33-year-old is the second-leading scorer in the league since 2010.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio arrives with something to prove

After a disappointing start to the season with Real Salt Lake and a forgettable performance for Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Saborio has a chance to make an impact after a trade to D.C. United.

D.C. United's Luis Silva, center, celebrates with teammates after he scored the winning goal during an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Friday, April 3, 2015 in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Stephen M. Dowell) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

Luis Silva's return gives D.C. United a needed offensive spark

Given just 14 minutes to make an impact in his return to the field Friday, Silva didn't disappoint. The attacking midfielder stepped up with a stoppage-time free kick that got past the wall and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

D.C. United Chris Pontius (13) hangs his head after goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) gave up a goal against the New York Red Bulls during the second half of an MLS playoff soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

D.C. United ponders strategy with season on brink

It's the same situation United dealt with during its last postseason run in 2012, when a 3-1 loss in Houston left the team with a balancing act for the second match: Should it rush to erase the gap or first make sure the deficit didn't grow?