The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, getting second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan on Tuesday night for the now traditional 2-0 home qualifying win over Mexico.
Chris Pontius made his long-awaited return to the pitch for D.C. United in a substitute role, but it wasn't enough as Chivas USA defeat D.C. United 1-0.
D.C. United is still looking for their first road victory of the season. Sunday's matchup against Chivas USA could be the bolster the team needs to pick up momentum.
Dwayne De Rosario's penalty kick which was stopped by New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and D.C. United was never able to recover.