D.C. United 2 - 2 Philadelphia Union

8th placed D.C. United hosted 4th place Philadelphia Union knowing that a win would give them a chance to catch up to the New England Revolution, sitting in that final playoff spot. While the Union were looking to win and move closer to cementing a top 4 finish. Neither were successful, but both came away with a point after a 2-2 tie.

Former United player Chris Pontius returned to RFK for the first time since he was traded in the off season.
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United began brightly,
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...with Taylor Kemp passing the ball into the unguarded far side of the net to take the lead
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United then kept attempting to press their advantage and extend their lead...

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with Patrick Nyarko sliding in to a through ball, that he was unable to connect with.

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After that, the game went back and forth

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Until finally, in the first minute of injury time, Tranquillo Barnetta poked the ball into the net to level the score.

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The second half began with DC pushing forward...

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...with one shot cleared off the line by a Union defender

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Then in the 57th minute, Pontius scored against his former employers to take the lead: 2-1.

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Both teams continued to pressure

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In the 85th minute a non-penalty call that went against United

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Caused Coach Ben Olsen to launch a tirade against the referee

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Which led to him being ejected from the game

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This seemed to invigorate the home team, who really started pouring everything forward

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...resulting in a tying goal in the 4th minute of injury time from the head of Steve Birnbaum

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