D.C. United has seven matches remaining. Its hopes of finishing in the top three of the MLS Eastern Conference (which would earn an automatic playoff berth) were dealt a serious setback with Wednesday night's draw. Still, the club is very much in the running for a wild-card berth.
On the bright side, United has played at least two fewer matches than most of its postseason competitors. On the dark side, the club has a miserable record at home and hasn’t exhibited the heart or, as one club official told me, “the cajones” to see out games.