Patrick McDermott

MLS Playoffs 2012: D.C. United ties Houston Dynamo 1-1, loses aggregate 4-2

D.C. United needed a two-goal win over the Houston Dynamo at RFK Sunday to prolong their season, but could only earn a 1-1 tie, losing the aggregate 4-2 and ending their season.

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Match Ratings From United's Season-Ending Draw

D.C. United had a lot to overcome in the second leg against Houston at RFK, but could only manage a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals to fall on aggregate, 4-2.

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United draw Dynamo 1-1, fall 4-2 on aggregate

D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo played to a 1-1 draw at RFK Stadium on Sunday, but the Dynamo advanced to the MLS Cup final for the second straight season as they defeated United, 4-2, on aggregate.

The Dynamo had a big advantage coming into Sunday's match after a 3-1 victory in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship. Houston added to that advantage on a Boniek Garcia goal in the 33rd minute. United could not manage enough shots on net to overcome the the aggregate lead or tie to send the second leg to extra time. Branko Boskovic scored United's goal in the 83rd minute but it was too little too late for the hosts.

United was the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and defeated the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals before being upset by the No. 5 seed Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo will be playing in their fourth MLS final in seven years. D.C. United achieved that feat with finals appearances in 1996-1999.

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United needs 3 after falling behind, 1-0, at half

D.C. United needs three goals in 45 minutes to stave off elimination after giving up a goal in the first half of their Eastern Conference Championship match against Houston Dynamo. Houston now leads the aggregate-score series, 4-1.

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DC United trying to make up 2-goal deficit at home

D.C. United host Houston Dynamo in the second leg of the aggregate-score Eastern Conference Championship. Houston leads the series 3-1 coming into Sunday's game at RFK Memorial Stadium.

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MLS referee boss: Hainault deserved red card

Baldomero Toledo to work second leg at RFK Stadium Sunday.

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United wear down, lose first leg, 3-1

United have it all to do in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final.

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United visit Dynamo for Game 1 of MLS semifinals

D.C. United resumes postseason play Sunday against the Houston Dynamo at 4 p.m. ET.

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Najar suspended for East final vs. Houston

The Honduran international will reportedly miss both legs of the Eastern Conference final against the Houston Dynamo.

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United let it all hang out after emotional night

Assorted reaction from a dramatic night for D.C. United.

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DeLeon, Willis lead United to epic win

Nick DeLeon scored in the 88th minute as D.C. United advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference Final with a 2-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls following an extraordinary second half at Red Bull Arena.

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No score at halftime of second leg

Both sides have had chances, but no goals have been scored in the first half at Red Bull Arena.

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MLS' Garber: Postponement should have come earlier

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber said that the decision to postpone the second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls should have been made sooner.

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Olsen: 'I'm baffled' by postponement

Players and coaches give their thoughts on the postponement decision by MLS.

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Snow postpones second leg to Thursday night

The field at Red Bull Arena is rendered temporarily unplayable by heavy snow Wednesday night.

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Red Bulls and D.C. United face off in second leg

The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United will play the second leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday. The first leg was played to a 1-1 draw in Washington D.C.

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United, Red Bulls brace for bad weather Wednesday

United, Red Bulls preparing for bad weather Wednesday night in New Jersey.

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New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Match ratings

It was a tough night for the referees as they were asked to make a lot of judgement calls. Did they get them all right? The fans didn't think so, but here are the match ratings from the first leg playoff game.

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Own goal, sending off cost United advantage

United went up 1-0 before a Bill Hamid own goal and an Andy Najar red card changed the course of the match, and possibly the Eastern Conference semifinal tie.

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Pontius misses PK in goalless first half

D.C. United have had plenty of opportunities, but they haven't been able to score against the New York Red Bulls in the first half at RFK Stadium.

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New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United: Game info

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Red Bulls and United agreed to swap home dates in their Eastern Conference Semifinal

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De Rosario injury status upgraded

D.C. United's quest for a fifth MLS Cup received a boost Friday evening.

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United offers free trip, ticket to NY for 2nd leg

D.C. United announced Friday that the club was offering a free bus trip and match ticket to Wednesday's second leg of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

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MLS Commissioner: Venue switch 'the best solution'

Don Garber says switching the home dates for the Eastern Conference semifinal was "the best solution."

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