Aug 19, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; DC United forward Chris Pontius (13) loses the ball against Philadelphia Union defender Amobi Okugo (14) during the first half at RFK Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: Wild Ending To 1-1 Draw At RFK

D.C. United shares the points with Philadelphia in a match that saw three men sent off in a wild finish.

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D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union Recap: Own Goal, Missed Penalty Leads to Draw

D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union played to a 1-1 tie in RFK Stadium Sunday night. The Union's Brian Carroll scored in the eighth minute and despite a number of chances on both sides, that held until an own goal by Amobi Okugo in the 71st minute.

United saw a huge opportunity slip away, as they were given a penalty kick after Chris Pontius drew a foul in the box. Dwayne De Rosario knocked in the kick, but encroachment was called and a second kick was taken after a scuffle between the two sides. The second kick was missed.

Freddy Adu made the defensive play of the night, with a header save off the line on a corner kick after the ball got past Union goalie Zac MacMath just before the halftime whistle. The United dominated the action, with 20 attempts on goal to the Union's 10. They also won the possession battle 60% to 40%.

The match was chippy, especially towards the end. Five yellow cards were issued in total. Two United players were sent off in the final minutes, as Branko Boskovic and Emiliano Dudar were both shown red cards.

With the point, United move into the fifth in the Eastern Conference Standings, breaking a tie with the Montreal Impact.

For more on United, head over to Black And Red United. For all things soccer, visit SB Nation's Soccer hub.


D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: United Behind After Brian Carroll Goal

D.C. United are on the verge of a second straight loss and fourth in their last five after Brian Carroll's 8th-minute goal put the Philadelphia Union in front, 1-0 at halftime Sunday afternoon at RFK Stadium.

Carroll's goal came after United failed to clear a free kick by Freddy Adu. At one point, the ball took a wicked deflection off the head of Perry Kitchen and bounced right to Carroll, who prodded the ball past Bill Hamid while standing right at the near post.

United almost equalized a couple of minutes later, but Lionard Pajoy's header from a Dwayne De Rosario corner kick was tipped over the bar by Zac MacMath. Pajoy and Danny Cruz started for United and Philadelphia just three days after being swapped for each other in a trade that caught many MLS observers off guard.

United very nearly pulled even again with the last action of the half, but Adu was able to clear the chance off the line with his head.

For more on the DC United, visit Black and Red United and SB Nation DC. For the Philadelphia point of view, check out Brotherly Game.


Danny Cruz Trade Reaction: 'I Didn't Expect It This Morning'

D.C. United's trading of Danny Cruz to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for striker Lionard Pajoy took many people by surprise, not least Cruz himself, who spoke to the Washington Post's Steve Goff following the announcement of the trade.

Goff had earlier tweeted that Cruz had been upset at a dropoff in playing time as this season had gone along.

Over at SB Nation's D.C. United blog Black and Red United, reaction to the trade was more ambiguous.

Cruz was considered one of the best "locker room guys" on a tight-knit squad, and following the Olympics Najar had drawn some interest from European clubs. On a team that can be a bit soft defensively, Cruz adds bite and fearlessness that few in MLS can match ... However, Pajoy's resume and performance have left some observers (including yours truly) skeptical. Consider MLSsoccer's headline: "Philadelphia deal struggling Pajoy to DC United for Cruz."

Some United fans were even less enthused by the trade, as this Wikipedia screenshot from SB Nation's Philadelphia Union blog Brotherly Game shows. Cruz and Pajoy will be available for selection by their respective new bosses in Sunday afternoon's meeting between the rivals, which can be seen on NBC Sports Network, with kickoff at 5:00 p.m.

For more on D.C. United, visit Black And Red United. For the Philadelphia perspective, check out Brotherly Game. And for more on the beautiful game, check out SB Nation's soccer hub.

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