The pressure is on for United to wrap up second place in the Eastern Conference. A win or a tie against the Fire would accomplish that and give United a bye in the first round of the playoffs. A loss to the Fire could potentially push United down to fourth place and a one game play-in against the fifth place finisher on Wednesday.
They played from down a goal twice, but battled back to score a late goal and advance to the playoffs for the first time in five years.
United and the Columbus Crew are two of the MLS' original franchises, and they've shared plenty of drama. More is on the way Saturday at R.F.K. Stadium when the two teams meet in game with major playoff implications.