D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire preview: When Last We Met... unrewarded dominance of possession

The last time United played the Fire, just days after hoisting the 2013 US Open Cup, a side of mostly reserves controlled the ball but couldn't find joy. Meanwhile, the defense was a shambles. Oh man, that sounds entirely too familiar.

Welcome back to "When Last We Met," our feature that looks back at the highlights of the most recent meeting between D.C. United and their next opponent - this week, that's the Chicago Fire - to see what lessons we can learn from the past. Even though it was another season and a DC side dominated by reserves, the play was scarily familiar to anybody who has watched the Black-and-Red over the last year.

United controlled the ball - even generating chances! - but was unable to finish. At the other end, a back four of - don't laugh - Sainey Nyassi, Perry Kitchen, Daniel Woolard and James Riley made Chicago's attack look supercharged. Daniel Woolard was physically and then technically beaten by Juan Luis Anangono on Jeff Larentowicz's opener, though a giveaway in the back led to the Fire's first chance of the game. Joe Willis was caught in no man's land on a set piece for the Fire's second. And as our boys in black pushed numbers forward late in the game, the fire tacked on a third through a Quincy Amarikwa run to the near post (and Amarikwa's left arm, not that it matters in the end).

What do you remember from this game? Anything the team should apply to Saturday's meeting with the new look Fire? Let us know in the comments.

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