Can FC Cincinnati secure a play-off place, doing so for the first time ever in the club’s history?
Last weekend, the Orange and Blue squandered their chance to wrap up a top seven finish, beaten 3-2 by Chicago Fire.
The visitors led 3-0 at TQL Stadium, before Luciano Acosta and Brandon Vazquez set up a grand-stand finish, but Sérgio Santos’ stoppage time red card epitomised the frustrations.
Before this, Pat Noonan’s team had only lost one of 18 matches, dating back to 28 May.
So, Cincinnati remain sixth, knowing a victory in Washington would ensure they’ll feature in the post-season for the first time ever.
A draw would also be enough, given that the two sides below them, Orlando and Columbus, meet in Florida.
The only way the Orange and Blue will miss out is if they lose and that game at Exploria Stadium ends all square.
Will it be an afternoon of celebration for the Ohio-based club?
D.C. United supporters meanwhile have had little to celebrate in 2022 and beyond.
Wayne Rooney’s team have now lost three on the bounce, following last weekend’s 1-0 reverse in Montréal.
In all, since starting the season with back-to-back wins, D.C. have won just five of 31 matches, just three of which have come since 7 May.
So, the Black-and-Red are guaranteed a fourth wooden spoon, after 2002, 2010 and 2013, regardless of this result.
Everything looks good for Cincinnati in that respect, so will they leave Audi Field with the required result?