The game in 100 words (or less): That’s a little bit more like it, D.C. United. After snapping a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over New York City FC last week, Ben Olsen’s Black and Red thrashed the lowly, nothing-to-play-for Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium on Sunday, to the tune of 4-0, to make the Eastern Conference standings even more jumbled up (as if that was necessary) with one week of the 2015 regular season to be played. Chris Pontius, Bobby Boswell, Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio provided the goals to put United on 51 points, one clear of Columbus Crew SC in the race for second (and the knockout round bye that comes with it). As if the entire season was scripted by MLS’s schedule makers, United and Crew SC face off next Sunday at MAPFRE Stadium.
Three moments that mattered
39′ — Pontius rounds Busch, makes it 1-0 — We haven’t seen these kind of wheels on Pontius since, oh, let’s say, the 2012 season, when he scored 12 times. Maybe it’s just for one play, but the explosion, the agility in tight spaces, the finish from practically the end line… it was all there from Pontius as he made it 1-0 for United.
67′ — Boswell heads home to make it 2-0 — When you’ve got a set-piece target the size of Boswell, you might as well use the guy. Espindola understands this very well, which is why he was happy to whip this corner kick to the edge of the six-yard box and let the veteran center back do the rest.
71′ — Espindola gets a deflection, makes it 3-0 — There’s really nothing Lovel Palmer could have done here. Sometimes you play decent enough defense, stick a foot in to block the cross and end up deflecting the ball past your own goalkeeper. It was a microcosm of the Fire’s 2015 season.
Man of the match: Fabian Espindola
Goalscorers: Pontius (39′), Boswell, 67′), Espindola (71′), Saborio (80′)