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Continuing to suffer from a lack of offense, the Philadelphia Union have matched the longest winless streak in club history.

Snapping out of that slump Saturday could prove challenging against visiting D.C. United, who are looking to get back on track after a defensive letdown ended their unbeaten run.

The Union (1-4-5) have gone 0-4-4 since beating New England on March 15, tying their longest stretch without a victory, achieved most recently in 2012.

They went up 1-0 on league-leading Seattle on an own goal in the 13th minute last Saturday, but allowed the equalizer in the 61st. Philadelphia then surrendered the winner in the 84th minute of the 2-1 loss.

The own goal ended the Union's 203-minute scoring drought. Philadelphia hasn't gotten a goal from one of its own players since Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty in a 2-1 loss at New York on April 16.

The Union had one shot on goal against Seattle and averages 3.4 per game, second lowest in MLS.

Conor Casey, second on the club in 2013 with 10 goals, has yet to find the back of the net with just five shots.

"We have a lot of guys playing good," manager John Hackworth told the league's official website. "We just continue to make mistakes at critical moments. ... It's a difficult one to take because I thought we came and we played well in the first half and we got up a goal. Even in the second half, we had some chances to get the second (goal) and we didn't put those away."

A 3-2 defeat at Portland last Saturday ended a five-match unbeaten run for United (3-3-2), their longest since a seven-game stretch to end the 2012 season. D.C. allowed the go-ahead goal in stoppage time, the third time this season it surrendered a score in the final 10 minutes and ended up with a draw or loss.

"We (threw) that game away. ... We take a game where we definitely should get a point, if not three, and turn it into a loss," said coach Ben Olsen, whose team is 0-2-1 away from home. "Again, there's a lot of character and a lot of positives with our group, but we cannot go on the road and have these cardinal sins."

United's Eddie Johnson sat out for the first time this season due to a hamstring issue, though he's expected to play Saturday. Nick DeLeon, tied for the club lead with three assists, is questionable with a right hamstring injury.

The Union are 4-3-3 against United in MLS play. Casey scored three goals in three meetings last season, including both in a 2-0 victory in the lone matchup in Philadelphia on Aug. 10.