D.C. United Vs. Real Salt Lake: Black-And-Red Travel West, Clinging To A Playoff Spot

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Collen Warner #26 of Real Salt Lake controls the ball against Brandon McDonald #2 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

D.C. United (12-9-5, 41 points) takes on their first Western Conference opponent since the middle of May when they visit Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night to face Real Salt Lake (13-10-4, 43 points).

D.C. United (12-9-5, 41 points) takes on their first Western Conference opponent since the middle of May when they visit Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night to face Real Salt Lake (13-10-4, 43 points). This will be the last of five matches for DCU in the last two weeks.

United is clinging to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two months still left in the season. The Black-and-Red currently sit in a fourth-place tie with the Chicago Fire, with the top five teams in the conference making the postseason. The Columbus Crew and Montreal Impact lurk just behind DCU and the Fire, hoping to steal a playoff berth as the season winds down.

Despite being 0-3-1 in their past four contests, Real Salt Lake still has the fifth-best record in the MLS. DCU is looking for their first win in Utah since 2005.

Saturday night's match begins at 9:00 p.m. ET and can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet.

For more on D.C. United, check out Black and Red United and stick around SB Nation DC as the MLS season winds down. For more on Real Salt Lake, be sure to visit RSL Soapbox.

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