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DC United’s Playoff Hopes Hanging By A Thread

DC United went into Saturday night’s game against conference rival Chicago Fire knowing that anything less than a victory would be extremely hard on their playoff ambitions. With the score ties at 0-0 heading into the final minutes of the game, Santino Quaranta drew a foul in the box from Chicago’s Costa Rican defender Gonzalo Segares. Star forward Dwayne DeRosario stepped up and gave DC United the 1-0 lead with only stoppage time to go to the delirious pleasure of the home crowd.

Then the impossible happened. The Chicago Fire went on the offensive in desperation for an equalizer. Within a minute, Gonzalo Segares had made amends, deftly touching a ball back for Sebastian Grazzini to accurately pick out a corner of the goal from the top of the 18 yard box. Dramatically, it did not end there, with DC United capitulating once again in the 94th minute, this time Gonzalo Segares combining neatly with substitute striker Orr Barouch before squaring to Diego Chaves to tap home as the DC United team and faithful fans looked on in utter disbelief.

DC United takes on Portland Wednesday, October 19th in a knockout game for both teams. Even with a victory, DC United will need serious help catching the Chicago Fire and New York Red Bull for the final playoff spot.

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