There are no style points now for D.C. United, only points in the standings.
History is both a teacher and a cruel reminder. It was almost exactly a year ago to the day that D.C. Uniteds push for the playoffs was tripped up in a 2-2 home draw with Chivas USA.
D.C. United has reached the point where winning is just not good enough.
D.C. United heads into Saturdays match in Montreal against the suddenly surging Impact reassured of its standing as a legitimate playoff contender in 2012.