WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Marco Pappa #16 of the Chicago Fire competes for the ball with Chris Korb #22 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on August 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Chicago Fire fall to DC United 4-2, but playoffs still in sight.
Major League Soccer fans had the opportunity to see two potential Eastern Conference playoff teams go head-to-head Wednesday night from RFK Stadium, where D.C. United topped the Chicago Fire, 4-2, in a battle of two teams currently holding down the last two postseason spots in the conference.
United got goals from Long Tan, Lionard Pajoy, Brandon McDonald and reigning MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario to pick up three important points in the East standings. D.C. United sits at 40 points to Chicago's 41, but currently has a game in hand, having played one fewer than the Fire.
Chicago is currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, D.C. is fifth. If the season ended today, both teams would be in the MLS playoffs.
Dan Paladini and Gonzalo Segares scored for the Fire, but coach Frank Klopas was unhappy with the ease of D.C. United's goals. The loss snapped a three-match win streak for Chicago. Now the Fire gets a lengthy break in the schedule before its next match against Houston at Toyota Park on Sept. 2.
Discuss and read more about the Chicago Fire in Hot Time in Old Town.