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Mamadou "Futty" Danso of the Portland Timbers tries to collect the ball against DC United in action on Saturday. May 3, 2014 at Providence Park in Portland. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis

Portland downs D.C. United with late goal for first win

- Associated Press

The Timbers were winless for their first eight matches of the season for the team's longest span without a victory since 2012. The streak was concerning for a team that went all the way to the Western Conference final last season.

D.C. United's Chris Pontius shown after undergoing hamstring surgery April 23, 2014. (D.C. United via Twitter)

Chris Pontius has hamstring surgery, will miss 4-6 months

Associated Press

Injuries have frequently interrupted a promising career that began when Pontius was a rookie of the year finalist in 2009. He had injury-shortened seasons in 2010 and 2011. In November, he had surgery to repair his left hamstring and sciatic nerve.

Toronto FC's Gilberto Olivera Sousa Jr., right, shields the ball from D.C. United's Bobby Boswell during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Plenty of things are different as Bobby Boswell returns to D.C. United

- The Washington Times

As Bobby Boswell sees a different side of the nation's capital, United is seeing a different side of Boswell. The fan-friendly prospect who won MLS Defender of the Year at age 23 is now a 31-year-old veteran with 260 league games under his belt.

Columbus Crew defender Michael Parkhurst (4) and D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud, right, look for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Washington. Columbus won 3-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

In Davy Arnaud, D.C. United has a veteran who can help on, off field

A former MLS All-Star who compiled seven U.S. national team caps from 2007 to 2009, Arnaud is a player whose most productive days are likely behind him. But United coach Ben Olsen had more in mind when the club acquired Arnaud in a December trade with the Montreal Impact.

Seattle Sounders defender Jeff Parke, center, teammate defender Adam Johansson (5) clear the ball as Real Salt Lake forward Fabian Espindola (7) looks on in the second half during an MLS Western Conference semifinal soccer match Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Sandy, Utah. The Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake. The match, the second of a two-match aggregate game, ended with a score of  1-0. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

D.C. United gets Jeff Parke from Philly for Ethan White

Associated Press

The clubs Tuesday also swapped spots in the MLS allocation ranking, with the Union moving up to No. 1 and United down to No. 6. That will give Philadelphia first dibs on the next U.S. national team player to sign with the league.

D.C. United's Kyle Porter, left, and Seattle Sounders's Brad Evans, right, head the ball in the second half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Seattle. The Sounders beat D.C. United, 2-0. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

D.C. United need help everywhere after historically bad season

At 3-24-7, United became the first MLS club to win fewer than four games. Their 0.65 goals per game average is the lowest the league has seen. The minus-37 goal differential tied for the all-time worst.

D.C. United celebrates the win as Real Salt Lake lost the 2013 U.S. Open Cup Final to D.C. United 1-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The winner will play in the CONCACAF Champions League. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Leah Hogsten)

D.C. United takes U.S. Open Cup title in midst of miserable season

- Associated Press

D.C. United is winless on the road in MLS this season and has the league's worst record with only three victories and 15 points. Regardless, the club secured a spot in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League with the victory.

**FILE** D.C. United coach Ben Olsen (Associated Press)

In miserable season, trophy still in play for D.C. United

While United have a league-worst 3-21-6 mark in MLS play, they managed to win four straight in the U.S. Open Cup en route to an appearance in Tuesday night's title game at Real Salt Lake.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, right, talks to free safety Dashon Goldson in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Bucs' Dashon Golden suspended by NFL for flagrant hits

Associated Press

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday's game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.