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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.
D.C.'s road futility continued. United (2-14-4) is 0-7-3 away from home, and 1-3-1 in its past five matches overall.
Dwayne DeRosario scored the only goal for United (1-8-1), which lost a franchise-record seventh straight contest by a combined margin of 18-4.
A superstorm, a nor'easter and a pair of corresponding postponements stood between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls playing their decisive playoff contest as planned. But when the match finally unfolded Thursday at Red Bull Arena, the drama proved worth the wait.
Progress, Bill Hamid observes, is relative. And at 21 years old, the D.C. United goalkeeper is neither satisfied nor disconcerted by his evolution as a player.
Pat Onstad is, by anyone's measure, one of the all-time great goalkeepers in MLS, a decorated figure whose playing career was dotted with an enviable collection of championships and individual accolades.
For nearly three years, D.C. United's inability to win back-to-back matches has been a fitting symbol for the club's maddening inconsistency, as well as a sore subject for players, coaches and fans alike.
Chris Pontius curled a shot off the left wing into the far right corner in the 82nd minute, his first goal of the season, as the D.C. United beat the New England Revolution 2-1 Saturday.
Robbie Keane scored two goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy earned their first victory of the season with a 3-1 win over DC United on Sunday.