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D.C. United 1-1 New York Red Bulls: Own goals give Red Bulls away draw

Two own goals, a missed penalty and a petulant red card marked the first of a two-legged tie between fierce rivals D.C. and New York.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Connor Lade, New York Red Bulls; Chris Pontius, D.C. United; MLS
Patrick McDermott
D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Own goals from Roy Miller and Bill Hamid provided the goalmouth action, and Andy Najar was ejected midway through the second half.

Initially, United was scheduled to host the second leg. However, complications from Hurricane Sandy meant that the clubs switched time slots.

"It's a beatable team. We should have won this game tonight I think," Ben Olsen said. "The amount of good chances that we had - it was plentiful."

D.C. looked far more comfortable at home in front of a sold-out RFK Stadium and dominated the early proceedings. A flutter of chances finally came to something half an hour into the match. Branko Boskovic brought down a long ball deftly and flicked the ball forward. It hit Conor Lade's arm, and the referee whistled for a penalty.

Chris Pontius scored 12 goals during the season, but he hit his penalty poorly and Luis Robles saved. Pontius had scored all three of his MLS PKs prior.

"I missed it, but I have to have a short term memory," Pontius said. "We have a game on Wednesday. We came out, we battled, went a man down, still had some opportunities, and I like the fight and character of this team."

At halftime, New York substituted Rafael Marquez out due to calf tightness. Roy Miller replaced him. The switch hurt New York fairly swiftly. On the hour mark, off a Chris Korb cross, Miller got in front of Nick DeLeon and put the ball into his own net.

Minutes later, the Red Bulls equalized. Lade headed a corner back toward goal at the far post. With a high arc, the ball looked a simple catch for Bill Hamid. Instead, the goalkeeper tripped as he came down and bundled the ball over his line.

"I thought it was going to be a call," Hamid said. "I thought it was a clear call. The 'keeper comes out for the ball and he gets bumped - that's a foul."

Neither D.C. or New York had scored an own goal during the regular season.

The drama continued at a quick pace. In the 70th minute, Andy Najar snuffed out a Red Bull counterattack illegally. As Jair Marrufo showed the 19-year-old a yellow card, Najar threw the ball at the referee. Marrufo ejected Najar.

"I thought overall after I was sent off, we played bravely and whoever steps in for me in the next game I'm sure will do a great job," Najar said through a translator.

Red Bull Arena, now with restored power, will host the second leg on Wednesday.

Seth Vertelney contributed additional reporting to this article

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D.C. United

28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
65′
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14
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-
Dejan Jakovic
Defender
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23
Perry Kitchen
Defender
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
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27
Branko Bošković
Midfielder
69′
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55
Marcelo Saragosa
Midfielder
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
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14
A. Najar
Midfielder
71′ 71′
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14
Nick DeLeon
Striker
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L. Pajoy
Striker
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New York Red Bulls

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32
L. Robles
Goalkeeper
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4
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44
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-
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16
Connor Lade
Defender
23′
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17
Tim Cahill
Midfielder
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11
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28
Teemu Tainio
Midfielder
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11
Dax McCarty
Midfielder
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Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
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14

Substitutes

31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
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3
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-
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-
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24
Lewis Neal
Midfielder
69′
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-
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-
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Substitutes

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Bill Gaudette
Goalkeeper
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7
R. Miller
Defender
46′ 61′
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Digao
Defender
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15
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22
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33

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