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Chicago Fire 2, D.C. United 0

While we were all sweating our shin guards off at RFK Stadium watching the USA-Germany friendly, D.C. United was in Chicago doing what it does best: lose.

With a 2-0 defeat to the Fire, United set a club record for longest winless streak (11 matches). The only victory this season came almost three months ago. Feels like three years, doesn’t it?

Today: an own goal, a crossbar, a late clincher — all so predictable.

United’s only hope is the summer transfer window, which is a month away. But one has to wonder whether cash-conscious management is willing to spend the money to acquire impact players. Even it does, this regular season is over. Done.

Maybe the U.S. Open Cup will provide salvation.

Any positives today, Chris Pontius?

“No. It’s another loss. It’s been the most frustrating year for this team. Nothing seems to be going our way. … We’ve been trying to reset ourselves after every game. We have to figure this out. We have to figure this out.”

Consider this: MLS’s greatest embarrassment, Chivas USA, has earned six more points than United this season.

We keep thinking United has hit rock bottom. Perhaps not yet. Next Saturday’s match is at New England, which is beaming with confidence after destroying the Los Angeles Galaxy, 5-0, today.

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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