Lionard Pajoy scored in the 50th minute, and Bill Hamid made eight saves to help D.C. United rally for a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Saturday.
Beyond the overarching competition for second place in the Eastern Conference is an a equally fierce, and perhaps more colorful campaign fight for Rookie of the Year honors.
The pressure is on for United to wrap up second place in the Eastern Conference. A win or a tie against the Fire would accomplish that and give United a bye in the first round of the playoffs. A loss to the Fire could potentially push United down to fourth place and a one game play-in against the fifth place finisher on Wednesday.
They played from down a goal twice, but battled back to score a late goal and advance to the playoffs for the first time in five years.