Amid labor negotiations, United gathered itself for 2-1 victory against Alajuelense. The Costa Rican side advanced on aggregate, 6-4.
Season will begin as scheduled this weekend with 10 matches.
With season set to begin Friday, labor and management continue working on collective bargaining agreement.
With three days until the season is scheduled to start, players and management appear far apart in labor talks.
United will make its 2015 RFK Stadium debut with a formidable task: defeating Alajuelense by three goals.
First-choice goalkeeper appears to have recovered from an aggravated back injury. Markus Halsti, however, remains out with a sprained knee.
As sides in impasse remain locked in negotiations, D.C. United union rep Bobby Boswell says the players have made concessions on key issues.
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