D.C. United and the Montreal Impact met at a bitterly cold RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon, both teams playing on short rest after their respective CONCACAF Champions League matches earlier in the week.
It would be United that would start their 20th season off with a bang, Jairo Arrieta’s second-half strike good enough to lead United to a 1-0 victory over Montreal in front of a bundled up crowd of 11,549.
D.C. United’s untimely exit from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League at the hands of Alajuelense was an opportunity missed. But the lessons learned can be put to immediate use with the 2015 Major League Soccer regular season opener against the Montreal Impact (CSN, Saturday, 3) just around the corner.
D.C. United has a tall task ahead if it is going to reach the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Alajuelense at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Costa Rica. The two sides face off in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash March 4 at 8 p.m. United will need to win by three goals without allowing more than one – i.e. 3-0 or 4-1 – or win outright by four goals to advance.
D.C. United won the battle, but the New York Red Bulls won the war. Finally.
Despite a 2-1 win for DC at sunny RFK Stadium on Saturday, the Red Bulls advanced past their Atlantic Cup rivals for the first time in five postseason meetings, winning 3-2 on aggregate goals in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs, Presented by AT&T.
New York's Major League Soccer team has never advanced past D.C. United in four MLS Cup playoff series.
But the New York Red Bulls took a huge step towards turning over all that history with a 2-0 defeat of their Atlantic Cup rivals at Red Bull Arena on Sunday in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the MLS Cup Playoffs, Presented by AT&T.
Needing just a point to secure a first-place conference finish, D.C. United met the Chicago Fire on a brisk Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.
United did that and more, securing a 2-1 win over the Fire and pulling six points ahead of the second-place New England Revolution with only one game remaining. D.C. will finish atop the Eastern Conference for the first time since their Supporters’ Shield-winning 2007 campaign.
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 the season winding down, D.C. United met the Philadelphia Union with playoff implications for both teams./p>
The Union entered the match two points below the “red line,” badly needing a result to keep pace with Toronto FC, who leapfrogged the Union with a win just moments before kickoff. D.C. took the pitch eager to extend their conference lead and climb even closer to clinching a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.