D.C. United’s recent matches have featured plenty of late drama, but the club’s results still must improve to make the playoffs. United has perfected the art of the last-gasp equalizer in its past three games, scoring tying goals after the 90th minute against New York City FC, the New York Red Bulls, and the Chicago Fire last weekend. Unfortunately, those three games only earned D.C. two draws and a loss. NYCFC scored an even later winning goal after United’s late tying goal. United has done some of its best work in desperation time. All three of its tying goals came off set pieces — one throw-in and two corner kicks — as the club has been able to throw men forward to create chaos near the opponent’s
Sept 25 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the US championship matches on Sunday Saturday, September 24 DC United 4 Orlando City SC 1 New York Red Bulls 1 Montreal Impact 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 3 Colorado Rapids 3 Toronto
Whether you are just two points behind the playoff pack like D.C. United or even nine points back like the Chicago Fire, you know the pressure is about to kick up several notches, especially given some of the matchups on the calendar this weekend. Not the league-worst Chicago Fire, and not even the Western Conference basement's Houston Dynamo, currently 11 points out of playoff position with six matches to play. The league's other 18 teams have more reason to think the playoffs are possible from FC Dallas, which already qualified, to the Columbus Crew, which went almost three full summer months without a win, but suddenly has new life after a resounding road win in Orlando.