Fittingly, D.C. United and the Chicago Fire played to a 0-0 draw this afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois. Both teams are long out of the playoff picture and are arguably the two biggest disappointments in MLS this season. United of course is going to finish the season with the worst season in club history and will set numerous MLS marks for offensive futility as they suffered their 17th shutout in 29 league matches.
With both teams having little to play for, it was a nice sending off though for Chicago Fire forward and American soccer legend Brian McBride who was playing his last professional match at home. McBride actually put the ball in the net on two occasions in this truly dour affair, but both times the offside flag was correctly raised. Other than that, it was only a handful of chances late in the match that put any spark into this match. Santino Quaranta had a chance in the 86th minute to win the match only to see Chicago goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra come off his line and thwart the goal bound attempt from Quaranta.
Minutes later McBride was subbed off to a heroes welcome as the 19,056 fans in attendance all saluted the Fire captain as he walked off the Toyota Park field for the last time. Not only did his fellow players congratulate him, but the officials as well as a big hug from United coach Ben Olsen welcomed him as he left the field. Seconds later though, McBride’s substitute Calen Carr almost stole the three points. Carr broke in alone after a misplay from Dejan Jakovic and Perkins did well to dive to his right to save the shot. The rebound fell right to the feet of Freddie Ljunberg who one-timed his shot towards the empty net only to see Clyde Simms’ sliding block keep the scoreline at a deserved 0-0.
United will now finally close this dark chapter of a season next weekend when they host Toronto FC at 7:30pm at RFK Stadium. This time it will be United’s turn to salute a legend of soccer in America as Jaime Moreno will be honored in his last MLS match for the Black-and-Red. As this match will not be on local television, United is asking everyone to make an effort to get to RFK next weekend to say goodbye to United’s greatest all-time player.