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We want to get to the playoffs – Ghana and DC United’s Patrick Nyarko


DC United’s Ghanaian winger, Patrick Nyarko, has reiterated the intent of United to qualify for this season’s playoffs.

Nyarko told reporters after DC’s 2-2 draw with Chicago Fire that a playoff position was still within the reach of United.

DC United were lucky to escape from Chicago with a point thanks to a late equalizer by defender Bobby Boswell.

Chicago Fire came back from a goal down to hold a 2-1 lead for a full hour, but Bobby Boswell's 92nd minute header in the box, gave United a point that could prove valuable in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Playoffs race.

United were the first to draw blood after benefitting from an indirect free kick in the Chicago box. Luciano Acosta sent a short pass on the ensuing kick back to Rob Vincent, who shot it above the wall of Chicago players on the goal line.

But the Fire recovered quickly, as Razvan Cocis scored the equalizer on a near post header off a corner kick three minutes after Vincent's tally.

And Chicago turned the tables 29 minutes in after DC goalie Bill Hamid failed to deal with Ghanaian winger David Accam's attempt from distance, putting the hosts ahead 2-1.

It was Accam’s ninth goal for Chicago this season.

The regular season of the 2016 MLS is at a crescendo as teams jostle for more points in order to make it to the playoffs and even though Nyarko and his teammates wanted the maximum points, they were still content with a point.

The Ghanaian winger admitted that Chicago gave them a tough game.

“It was a tough one. Obviously, playing a team three times in a year is not the easiest and having beaten them soundly back in DC, we expected a tougher game and they gave it to us.

“We took the lead and our foot slipped off the pedal. They took advantage and at home; they're a really good team. It was a good fight back in the game but we're always going for the win so we're not really satisfied, but we'll take the point”.

Even though, DC salvage a point at the closing stages of the game, Nyarko was of the view that United could have still done better than just a point.

“We felt like we could have won this game. Hopefully back home we can pick up some points. I think we deserved a point and we should strive for more points than that”, the Ghanaian added in his post match comments.

Currently, DC United find themselves in a dicey battle with Orlando City and New England Revolution for the final playoffs spot; and this makes their next assignment against Orlando City at home more tricky.

And according to Nyarko, the only way DC can survive that game is to approach it like a playoff game.

“We need to show the desperation that we want to get into the playoffs. It's a playoff battle against Orlando next week but we're at home. We need to make our intentions getting into the playoffs felt. I think the guys will be ready”, Nyarko concluded.
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