COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 2: Sebastian Miranda #21 of the Columbus Crew beats Joseph Ngwenya #11 of D.C. United to a loose ball in the first half on October 2, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

D.C. United Falls 2-1 To Columbus Crew, Leaves Points On The Table Again

With time running out in the 2011 MLS season, D.C. United dropped two games this weak to conference rivals.

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D.C. United Vs. Columbus Crew: 2 Second Half Goals Give Victory To Crew

DC United had a chance to take control of the MLS playoff race this week with road matches against the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew. Two single-goal losses though could prove fatal to United's playoff hopes. United gave away their first half lead and fell 2-1 today to the Crew.

After scoring his first goal in three years in the first half, Daniel Woolard found his name in the headlines once again, but not for good reason this time. An unfortunately failed clearance from Woolard wound up in the back of Bill Hamid's net, resulting in an own goal, and tying the score at 1-1.

The makeshift backline of D.C. just couldn't withstand the extended pressure from the Crew. Fatigue may have played a role for United as Crew defender Sebastian Miranda raced past Santino Quaranta and Marc Burch on the right sideline and sent in a cross to a diving Eddie Gaven. The veteran midfielder put it away to give Columbus a 2-1 lead.

In the dying minutes of the match, a shot from Andy Najar hit the crossbar and the game ended with the Crew in front.

United will return to action on Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their brand new stadium BC Place.

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D.C. United Vs. Columbus Crew: Daniel Woolard Puts United Up 1-0 At Halftime

In a critical match for both teams, and with both teams missing some key players, DC United has entered the locker room at halftime with a 1-0 lead.

The Columbus Crew had the majority of shots and majority of possession in the first half, but the D.C. defense did well to force difficult shots from the Crew, and Bill Hamid did well to keep those numerous shots out of the net.

Fortunately for United, the same cannot be said for Crew goalkeeper Will Hesmer. Dwayne De Rosario struck a free kick from just inside the attacking half and Daniel Woolard shocked the world by putting it away. Woolard was unmarked in the box and finished the attempt simply with his left foot. It was Woolard's first goal for United, and just his second career goal (he scored once as a member of the Chicago Fire in 2008).

United will be able to leap above the Crew in the standings and into third place in the East, a guaranteed playoff spot, if they can hold on for the win in the second half.

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D.C. United At Columbus Crew: Two Desperate Teams Meet In Ohio's Capital

With time running out in the 2011 MLS season, D.C. United return to the road for a match against Columbus.

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