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D.C. United Gives Up 2 Stoppage Time Goals To Chicago Fire, Loses 2-1

In a must-win match at RFK Stadium, D.C. United gave up two goals in stoppage time to fall to the Chicago Fire, effectively ending their playoff hopes.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Daniel Paladini #11 of Chicago Fire attempts to head the ball against Stephen King #20 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Daniel Paladini #11 of Chicago Fire attempts to head the ball against Stephen King #20 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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For 89 minutes, a vital but often sloppy game at RFK Stadium remaining scoreless. But that two teams combined for three goals in final minutes of action, with D.C. United coming up on the wrong end of a 2-1 final score.

Dwayne De Rosario got the first goal to put United in front in the 90th minute off a penalty kick that was earned by Santino Quaranta. RFK Stadium erupted in celebration, but it didn't last long unfortunately for the home team. Sebastien Grazzini tied the game just moments later with a perfectly placed powerful shot into the upper left corner of the net, giving Bill Hamid no chance at a stop. And then, in what can only be described as a letdown by the D.C. defense, and a possible missed onside call, Diego Chaves put the Fire ahead for good.

With the win, the Fire moved ahead of D.C. to remain alive in the MLS playoff standings. United is still technically eligible for the playoffs, but would need to win each of its next two games against the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City, and will also need some help from other teams out of town.