The Washington-based outfit are stuck on the bottom of their conference with their worst-ever regular season record but find themselves in the semi-final of cups competitions where they take on Columbus Crew at home on Wednesday night.
Interim boss Ben Olsen, who took the reins when Curt Onalfo was sacked, admitted it had been a tough season for DC but was targeting some success by taking out the US Open Cup.
“It's a tough year; we've all struggled," Olsen told the Washington Post.
"It has not been fun, and here is a chance to get into a final and raise a trophy, something that this club has always prided itself on. It's huge, the biggest game of the season.”