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Contest: Win A Chris Pontius Autographed Adidas Cleat For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What has changed in your life since the last time that D.C. United reached the MLS Playoffs? Share your story and you could win an autographed cleat from Chris Pontius.

Its been five years since D.C. United has reached the MLS Playoffs, which is five years too many for my taste. United has the chance to right that wrong next Saturday at RFK Stadium against the Columbus Crew.

Obviously a lot has changed since the last time United was participating in playoff soccer back in 2007. Personally, I've had one wedding and two children since then. In 2007, I was just starting a sales job just before the beginning of the worst economic climate in a decade. Fortunately the first half of that statement is still true and the second half is not. And in 2007, I started a little blog called DCUMD, which has grown up quite a bit since its humble beginnings.

We're curious to hear what's changed for you since the last time United was in the MLS playoffs. And we've got a motivational tool to inspire you to provide your answer.

In connection with adidas and in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we at B&RU will be giving away one adizero F50 cleat, designed and autographed by Chris Pontius. Remember the gorgeous cleats that Pontius wore against Toronto FC last week? This is it, and he'll be wearing these throughout the month of October. You can also purchase these cleats or create your own specialized cleats at

"I designed my cleats the way I did because I like the simple color scheme," said Pontius. "The pink stripes and laces were added for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the red tongue is for the D.C. United colors. I like the white basic scheme because it looks very clean and that's how I went about designing my cleats."

We have one cleat to give away in this contest, and the requirements to enter are rather simple. Just leave a comment below letting us know what's changed for you since the last time United was in the playoffs. The contest will be open for one week, and we'll be selecting a winner at random next Friday Oct. 19 ahead of the United-Crew match. Be as personal, humorous, and entertaining as you like. And be sure to tell all your friends (just one entry per person/IP though please). Good luck!