*D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid said his ailing hamstring has responded well in training and he is keen to start against Chivas USA on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Joe Willis, who filled in Saturday at Seattle, seems likely to return to a reserve role.

“Ready to go,” Hamid said. “No problems.”

On the playoff push, he added: “Everybody in the locker room feels like we can do it and we’ve got to do it. D.C. United has to do it, for the sake of the club. We haven’t done it in a while and we want to do it because the badge means a lot to us.”

*Defender Dejan Jakovic is hoping to return from a hamstring injury Saturday but might have to wait until next week. “I don’t want to force anything. I want to come back fully ready to go.”

Jakovic was slated to rejoin the lineup last weekend at Seattle but tweaked the hamstring at training in Los Angeles in the days leading to the match.

Ethan White and Brandon McDonald are pegged to start in central defense for the third consecutive match.

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*Charlie Davies, on chemistry this late in the season: “At this point, whoever Benny decides to play, it needs to work. There’s no time to gel at this point. We’ve all played with each other at some point during the season. It shouldn’t be difficult. We’ve got to score goals, we’ve got to win, you’ve got to do whatever it takes.”

*Coach Ben Olsen shared his thoughts on Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid’s “thugs” comments in regard to MLS referees needing to protect star players, such as Seattle midfielder Mauro Rosales, who suffered a knee injury on a challenge by United’s Daniel Woolard on Saturday.

“It’s been years since we’ve been called thugs, since I was playing, throwing people around.”

Do you agree with the “thugs” description?

“No. But I will say our approach to that game was good. As we go down this playoff race, games get tougher, they get more physical, and we need to be ready for that. That competitive spirit has to be there. I encourage it.”

United was called for 16 fouls and two yellow cards, the Sounders seven fouls and one caution. Overall this season, United has 293 fouls and 32 yellows, Seattle 367 and 54.

*Comcast SportsNet in the Washington-Baltimore region will carry Wednesday’s match live, starting at 7:30 p.m.