The Patriots return all of their scholarship players and add a Virginia transfer.
The English star's stunning free kick holds up as lone score in 1-0 win over Toronto that puts D.C. on cusp of a once-unfathomable postseason spot.
D.C. United can put itself in a powerful position for a postseason spot with a win over struggling Toronto.
The right back, 23, who also played at DeMatha High and the University of Maryland, will begin four months of chemotherapy soon and is expected to make a full recovery.
There was never any doubt that the top-ranked Americans would qualify for next summer's World Cup in France.
The Americans breeze to a 6-0 victory to ensure they will have a chance to defend their world crown in France.
United moves into playoff position with the win entering the final stretch of the MLS season.
The 24-year-old, fresh off being named MVP of the NWSL, has the U.S. national team on the verge of a 2019 World Cup berth in France.
Even team members have been surprised at the stunning turnaround that has pulled it from last place to playoff contention in three months.
Andrija Novakovich and Lynden Gooch recorded two apiece, while Romain Gall, Jann-Christopher George and Taylor Leach had one each.