The Chicago Fire took a 1-0 lead against D.C. United on Saturday in the regular season finale. All United need is a draw to clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup Playoffs, so a goal and solid defense in the second half would do the job.
Patrick Nyarko scored the goal in the 16th minute.
Even with playoff seeding on the line in this match, United have already secured a home playoff match for the first time since 2007. But a win or draw against the Fire would clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup Playoffs, while a loss could possibly drop United all the way to fourth, forcing them to play a first-round match.
A win for United could potentially drop Chicago from third to fifth, which would mean a first-round road game for Chicago.
United is currently on a six-match unbeaten streak, and have only allowed six goals during that stretch.