There was one notable return to MLS on the night, as recently-signed defender Jonathan Bornstein made his debut for the Fire. Bornstein played 123 MLS regular season games for Chivas USA between 2006-10 before playing abroad in Mexico and Israel.
After a first half lacking clear-cut chances, the Fire had a penalty shout a couple minutes into the second half as D.C. defender Frederic Brillant's hand touched the ball as it sliced through traffic, but there was ultimately no penalty called on the play.
- THE BIG PICTURE: Both teams needed a win on the night, with neither in good form lately, but it was tough sledding on the attacking side the whole way. D.C. can afford to settle for a draw on the road, but with Chicago maintaining a points per game average of 1.00, their flickering Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs hopes are truly on life support at the MLS All-Star break.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: United really didn't offer much in attack in this one and that's a concern, but Rooney nearly won the game with his free kick. Fortunately for the home crowd, Kronholm was able to keep the game deadlocked.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Left back has been a persistent concern for the Fire, and in his first action for his new team, Bornstein showed he still has the ability to put in a steady shift defensively and pick out a pass as well.