Familiarity breeds hope for Washington

where he led the A-League in scoring. But the Crew had first claim on his rights when he re-signed with MLS, and happily snatched him up.

Washington hopes to get called into action and help his new and old teammates during the playoffs.

"We know have the real deal coming up, the playoffs. The last game allowed to me to be familiar with everyone in a real game situation," said Washington. "If the time comes in the playoffs, I will be accustomed."

John Kuhn is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

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