United had a 1-0 lead going in to stoppage time Saturday night at RFK but somehow found a way to lose a lead and valuable points to the visiting Chicago Fire.  Now the quest for the playoffs gets that much harder for DC united as they let Chicago move up in front of them in the standings to 40 points where United has 38 points with 2 games left at home in the next week.

It took both teams all game to get the scoring started as DeRosario scored for United in the 90th minute on a P.K.  Fans at RFK erupted in to celebration mode thinking that it was enough to get the three points but Chicago had other plans as they went on the attack and in the 92nd minute of stoppage time Chicago was able to get on the board on a shot just outside the box from Sebastian Grazzini.  Two minutes later Chicago struck again with a goal which seemed to catch the United defense off guard who were expecting an offside to be called on Chicago’s Gonzalo Segares who very alertly kept after the play and served a ball in to the box to a wide open Diego Chaves who tucked it in the net to completely silence the crowd at RFK.

Now United must win both games and have some help to get in to the playoffs for MLS Cup 2012.  The good thing for United is that both remaining games are at home.  The bad news for United is that both games are at home, a place that has not treated United well this year unlike years past.  United hosts the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night before closing the season with Sporting KC on Saturday.

Juan Romero



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