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D.C. United 1, Chicago Fire 1

Of course, it ended in a draw. Did you honestly expect any other result?

D.C. United is happy with it. The Chicago Fire is not.

United took a point on a night it probably didn’t deserve one. The Fire accepted its 15th tie in 24 matches, an MLS record.

United goalkeeper Bill Hamid suffered a strained right hamstring and will be re-evaluated Friday. My guess is that he’ll miss Sunday’s match at Kansas City and, if the injury isn’t severe, begin preparing for next weekend’s game against the Portland Timbers.

With Joe Willis suffering from back spasms, Steve Cronin seems set to start Sunday. If Willis — who didn’t travel with the team — and Hamid aren’t fit enough to fill the back-up role, United would have to request an MLS pool goalkeeper on short notice. (Or ask Pat Onstad to come out of retirement for a second time this year. Trust me, he’s not eager to give it another go.)

My match report includes a few quotes.

Factoid: United hasn’t lost away in league play since April 29 at Houston.

Watch the MLS video package below. Was Josh Wolff offside on the equalizer?


Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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