After clinching a playoff berth on Saturday with a 0-0 draw against Sporting Kansas City, the team returned to training to prepare for its upcoming match against the Houston Dynamo (Sunday, October 12 - 3:00 p.m. on dcunited.com/live). Noticeably absent from practice was Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who was called up to the U.S.
On a classic rainy night at RFK, D.C. United battled Sporting Kansas City to a 0-0 draw, earning the Black-and-Red a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the first Eastern Conference team to clinch, United played with typical grit and heart to solidify its place in the postseason.
D.C. United hits the road this weekend to take on the Houston Dynamo, then returns home on 10/18 to host the Chicago Fire in its last home match of the regular season. Buy your tickets now!
D.C. United has announced that Homegrown goalkeeper Bill Hamid has been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster for the international friendly vs. Ecuador on October 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. Hamid will fly to Houston, Texas, after the match and be available for selection for United’s match against the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, Oct. 12.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On making the playoffs
It’s good to get that out of the way. Enjoy tonight and move on. Fortunately, I think the team has bigger goals now, and there’s a feeling that they can do something. Whether it’s finish top three, finish first and make at run at this thing. We will continue to find out a little bit more about ourselves over the next couple games and get ready for the postseason.
Completing one of the most dramatic turnarounds in Major League Soccer history, D.C. United has qualified for the playoffs after finishing last in the league in 2013.
United reached the 2014 postseason after earning a point in a scoreless tie against Sporting Kansas City. With a record of 15-9-7 (52 points), United sits in first place in the Eastern Conference one year after finishing 3-24-7 (16 points), setting the league record for the fewest wins in a season.
D.C. United visits Houston next weekend, and then is back at RFK on October 18 to host the Chicago Fire. BUY TICKETS
A pair of teams keen on claiming conference glory met at RFK Stadium on Friday evening as D.C. United welcomed Sporting Kansas City, and though neither found it, United were able to celebrate a tremendous turnaround and claim the East's first playoff berth.
Both teams struggled to break through as the two sides played to an entertaining, scrappy 0-0 draw in front of a rain-soaked crowd. The result pushed United’s point total to 52, good enough to guarantee a playoff berth one year removed from a historically bad season in which they claimed just 16 points.
With a positive result on Friday night against Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United punches its ticket to the Eastern Conference Playoffs (Friday, October 3 - BUY TICKETS). The Black-and-Red, having already beaten Sporting twice this year, know the visitors will be desperate and determined to avoid a sweep at RFK Stadium.