Things certainly didn’t unfold the way D.C. United had planned in Chicago, but it didn’t stop the team from satisfying one objective and getting the important benefit of another.
The wild 3-3 draw at Toyota Park provided one more crucial point to keep separation from rest of the Eastern Conference. It also was a successful test of the team’s resolve, a trait the players know will be required if they are to make a deep run in the playoffs.
Luis Silva nets his penalty kick, opens D.C. United's scoring.
The comeback begins.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen:
Down 2-0, we were travel-weary early in the game, just a little bit out of sync in the first half, and I thought our subs came in and really changed the game. Their energy was good, and the entire team just raised it a level in the second half. It’s not always perfect, you don’t always play at your best, and you find ways to keep inching along. We did that tonight.
Draw specialists the Chicago Fire had to dig deep to earn a record-equaling 16th tie of the season as they held Eastern Conference pacesetters D.C. United 3-3 in a rip-roaring contest at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.
The Black-and-Red needs 3 Eastern Conference points this weekend from Chicago, and will play host to the Philadelphia Union next weekend (Saturday, September 27, 3:00 p.m.). BUY TICKETS