Patrick Nyarko has made a number of big plays in Toyota Park over the years. He added another one Saturday, but did so for the visiting team.
Nyarko, who played eight seasons with the Chicago Fire, scored on a header following a corner kick in the 65th minute to deny the Fire three crucial points at home.
Jonathan Campbell's first professional goal had given the Fire the lead, but the match finished 1-1.
The Fire (1-2-4, 7 points) needed to get some points before heading into a three-game road trip that will take place over the span of eight days. A draw at home isn't what the team needed heading into that road trip.
Campbell's goal came following an Arturo Alvarez free kick in the 41st minute. Alvarez curled in a quality delivery that Campbell flicked into the goal with the outside of his foot. D.C. (2-3-4, 10 points) goalkeeper Travis Worra got a hand on it, but wasn't able to keep it out.
Nyarko's goal was the only serious threat for either team in the second half.
Entering the match, the Fire had to deal with a number of injuries leading up to the match. David Accam is still out with a knee injury. Rookie Alex Morrell, who was been used as a substitute the past two matches, was ruled out with a calf injury late in the week. On Friday John Goossens suffered a sprained LCL in training and is expected out 1-4 weeks. Matt Polster was a gameday scratch due to a calf injury of his own.
All those injuries led to the Fire having just 15 healthy field players to choose from. Accam made the sub list to fill out the lineup, but was likely never going to play.
With all that working against them the Fire weren't able to hold onto the win in wet and windy conditions. Razvan Cocis returned to the attacking midfield position and Nick LaBrocca made his first start with the Fire. LaBrocca was subbed out for Joey Calistri in the 53rd minute, who had his longest appearance of the season.
The Fire return to action Wednesday, May 11, in Vancouver.
A total of 47 players from Big Ten schools were selected during this year's NFL Draft.
As expected, a large number of those 47 players were Ohio State Buckeyes, with Urban Meyer's program boasting a whopping 12 draftees, five of which were selected in the first round, one off an NFL Draft record.
Every Big Ten school was represented in this year's draft, with all 14 teams claiming at least one draftee.
Here's a complete list of the Big Ten products taken in this year's draft.
3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Chargers)
4. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Cowboys)
8. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Titans)
10. Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Giants)
16. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Lions)
20. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Jets)
43. Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Titans)
44. Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois (Raiders)
47. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Saints)
48. Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Packers)
51. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State (Jets)
58. Sean Davis, CB, Maryland (Steelers)
61. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Saints)
65. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State (Browns)
67. Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska (Cowboys)
69. Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland (Jaguars)
75. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State (Raiders)
80. Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State (Bills)
85. Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State (Texans)
86. Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers (Dolphins)
94. Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State (Seahawks)
95. Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan (Lions)
96. Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska (Patriots)
99. Joe Schobert, LB, Wisconsin (Browns)
100. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Raiders)
102. Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State (Chargers)
106. Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota (Chiefs)
115. De'Vondre Campbell, LB, Minnesota (Falcons)
130. Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska (Ravens)
132. Willie Henry, DT, Michigan (Ravens)
137. Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern (Packers)
139. Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State (Bills)
147. Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland (Seahawks)
150. Jordan Howard, RB, Indiana (Bears)
176. Andy Janovich, FB, Nebraska (Broncos)
187. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana (Redskins)
189. Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue (Cowboys)
191. Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan (Lions)
197. Dan Vitale, FB, Northwestern (Buccaneers)
198. Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin (Chargers)
202. Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State (Lions)
204. Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State (Dolphins)
213. Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State (49ers)
221. Ted Karras, OG, Illinois (Patriots)
224. Donavon Clark, OG, Michigan State (Chargers)
245. Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois (Bengals)
248. Austin Blythe, C, Iowa (Colts)
Two Northwestern players and two Illinois players were selected on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
Northwestern defensive end Dean Lowry and superback Dan Vitale were drafted in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively, giving the Wildcats a pair of draftees for the second straight year after safety Ibraheim Campbell and quarterback Trevor Siemian were drafted in 2015.
Lowry went at pick No. 137 to the Green Bay Packers, and Vitale was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 197.
After three Cats were drafted in 2006, no Northwestern product heard his name called until 2010, when three more were drafted. Two Cats were drafted in 2012 before the selections of Campbell and Siemian last year.
Illinois defensive end Jihad Ward became the first Illini drafted since 2013 when he was selected in the second round Friday night. Saturday, two more Illinois products were picked, with offensive lineman Ted Karras going to the New England Patriots at pick No. 221 and safety Clayton Fejedelem going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 235.
The Illini went two years without seeing a player selected in the NFL Draft, but the three-player draft class this year gives Illinois yet another featuring multiple players. At least three Illini went in the NFL Draft for five straight years from 2009 to 2013.