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As Dwayne De Rosario hobbled onto the RFK Stadium pitch, attired in street clothes during a pregame ceremony honoring his 100th MLS goal, reality sunk in. If D.C. United are going to emerge from the stretch run with a playoff bid, they’ll have to do it without their captain and catalyst.
D.C. United's road to ending their four-year playoff drought has been burdened with the most disruptive roadblock imaginable.
Ben Olsen isn't dwelling on D.C. United's drop from first to fifth in the Eastern Conference in the past two months. As long as that path to the playoffs remains clear, the coach knows his club still can make plenty of noise.
If the intensity of D.C. United's push for the playoffs wasn't evident before their 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Sunday, it sure is now.
For the past 3½ months, Nick DeLeon has found himself running right up against the rookie wall. Those darting runs from the flank that came with such frequency earlier have been few and far between. Concurrently, his spot in the starting lineup became an uncertain proposition.
Through the first half of D.C. United's 2012 campaign, one formula has largely sparked the club's surge up the standings: Dwayne De Rosario does the passing, Chris Pontius does the scoring.
To Major League Soccer, the All-Star Game in recent years had become, in some regards, a sore subject. Envisioned as a spotlight for the league's top talent, the midsummer spectacle instead developed into an arbitrary symbol for how far soccer in the U.S. still has to go.
Back in his playing days with D.C. United, Ben Olsen relished the chance to test himself when European giants came across the pond. Sure, the friendlies didn't count in the standings. But no matter the stage, going head-to-head with world-class talent is a special experience.
Chris Pontius doesn't take anything for granted. It's an ideology he has embraced through the all-too-familiar hardship afforded by months of rest, rehabilitation and missed opportunities.