My match report from D.C. United’s 2-1 comeback victory over New York City FC at RFK Stadium.
Next: No matches next weekend, then Chicago Fire on Oct. 18 at RFK, 2 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet) and at Columbus Crew on Oct. 25, 5 p.m. (CSN).
Eastern Conference standings
1. New York Red Bulls 48 points (29 matches)
2. D.C. United 48 points (32)
3. New England Revolution 47 points (31)
4. Columbus Crew 47 points (31)
5. Toronto FC 43 points (30)
6. Montreal Impact 42 points (29)
7. Orlando City 38 points (31)
Toronto vs. Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
New York vs. Columbus, 7
Orlando vs. Montreal, 7:30
Chicago vs. New England, 8:30
Of note …
United clinched a playoff berth and will head to postseason for the 12th time in 20 seasons. MLS on Friday set the playoff calendar, culminating with MLS Cup on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. ET.
Of the club’s 39 goals, 27 have come in the second half, including 24 in the last 30 minutes.
The last time United scored multiple times: two months ago against Real Salt Lake.
DCU has conceded the first goal in 20 of 32 matches, but rebounded to win eight of them and draw two (8-10-2). The past seven home victories have come after conceding the first goal (or more): Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, New England, Philadelphia, Real Salt Lake, NYCFC.
Ben Olsen, on Chris Pontius: “It was good to see him have that type of juice again. We haven’t seen that in a while.”
Olsen, on finally securing passage to the playoffs: “That was our goal at the beginning of the season, and it’s nice to reach goals. Now, we’ll have new goals. One of them in the short term is to rev things up. We learned a lesson last year where we weren’t winning games and playing well down the stretch. Now it’s important for the next two games to improve the quality.”
Announced attendance was a season-high 21,517, although many ticket buyers stayed home on a stormy night.
Markus Halsti is off to Europe for a pair of Euro 2016 qualifiers with Finland. Bill Hamid is in the mix for possible selection to the U.S. squad for the CONCACAF Cup vs. Mexico next weekend and/or the Oct. 13 friendly against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena. (Jurgen Klinsmann’s roster for the Mexico match will be unveiled on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday between 7 and 7:30 p.m. ET during a college football pregame show.) Alvaro Saborio was not called for Costa Rica’s friendlies against South Africa at home and against the USA in Harrison, N.J.
Buzzard Point stadium chatter: The design specifics need to be finalized in the next six weeks. Seating capacity is not set yet. Groundbreaking is targeted for next summer. The project could be completed in as few as 14-16 months, plenty of buffer to ensure grand opening at the start of the 2018 season.