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September 29, 2012 10:30 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ M. Kennedy‎
Attendance:‬ 20438‎
 
79′ Bright Dike
Chris Pontius 60′ (PG)

Portland Timbers 1-1 D.C. United: Dike equalizes after penalty drama

Chris Pontius notched a penalty which had the Timbers furious, but Bright Dike equalized to secure a 1-1 draw.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Nick DeLeon, D.C. United; Rodney Wallace, Portland Timbers; MLS
Jonathan Ferrey
The Portland Timbers salvaged a 1-1 draw with D.C. United in Saturday MLS action.

Since Dwayne De Rosario went down injured, D.C. has scrapped wins, claiming the last three in a row by one-goal margins. The grittiness continued, with the lead coming from a penalty. Perry Kitchen's cross brushed the arm of David Horst and, after a pause, the referee awarded a spot kick.

"Let's be real ... NFL replacement refs have nothing on MLS primary refs. Sick of this garbage," Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted. "I will happily take the fine. It's atrocious."

Chris Pontius, wearing the captain's armband, drilled past Joe Bendik for his 12th goal of the season.

Bright Dike equalized in the 79th minute. Steven Smith, on the overlap, one-timed a low cross into the box. Andy Najar slid to intercept, but Dike pounced on the loose ball and sliced it into the top of the goal from an acute angle.

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Portland Timbers

12
Joe Bendik
Goalkeeper
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18
David Horst
Defender
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26
Steven Smith
Defender
 - 
27
Kosuke Kimura
Defender
81′
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-
H. Mosquera
Defender
24′
 - 
11
Salvatore Zizzo
Midfielder
93′
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F. Songo'o
Midfielder
70′
 - 
13
Jack Jewsbury
Defender
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6
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7
Bright Dike
Striker
79′
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22
Rodney Wallace
Defender
25′
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D.C. United

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28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
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14
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
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55
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
60′
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14
A. Najar
Midfielder
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14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
90′
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23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
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24
Lewis Neal
Midfielder
84′
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L. Pajoy
Striker
82′

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Jake Gleeson
Goalkeeper
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2
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98
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12
Eric Alexander
Midfielder
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11
Michael Fucito
Midfielder
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55
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-
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Substitutes

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31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
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3
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-
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15
Ethan White
Defender
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27
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