difficult season


History is both a teacher and a cruel reminder. It was almost exactly a year ago to the day that D.C. Uniteds push for the playoffs was tripped up in a 2-2 home draw with Chivas USA.


He last pitched five days ago, tossing his second consecutive shutout for Class AAA Syracuse, so John Lannan would normally have been primed to return to the mound tonight.


Braden Holtby has a Japanese symbol painted on the back of his mask that translates to the words 'Constant Improvement.'