Neither team will be in the playoffs when they start at the end of the month, but that doesn't mean they aren't playing for anything.
D.C. United (6-19-3) was shut out for the 16th time in the 2-0 loss this past weekend vs. San Jose, setting an MLS record for times being blanked in a season, and they will be gunning not to add to the dubious mark.
Chicago (8-12-8) will be playing its last home game of the season, and it will be gunning to add to its win total at Toyota Park, where is has earned the full points just four times this season, fewest in the league.
Veteran Brian McBride will also be playing in his last home game, as he is set to retire after the season.
Out for United is another veteran set to retire from MLS after the season in Jaime Moreno, who is tied with Jeff Cunningham for the league's all-time goal scoring mark. Also out will be midfielder Brandon Barklage, defenders Marc Burch, Juan Manuel Pena, Rodney Wallace, and Barry Rice, and forward Chris Pontius, all because of injury.
Chicago will be without midfielder Mike Banner and defender Dasan Robinson, while goalkeeper Sean Johnson and midfielder John Thorrington are questionable, all with injuries.