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U.S. Open Cup 2011: D.C. United, Philadelphia Union Each Score Goal In First Half

After a slow start to the first round of this U.S. Open Cup match, the Philadelphia Union grabbed the first goal of the night, and they did it off a long throw-in. Sheannon Williams fed an open Carlos Ruiz, and the Guatemalan forward slotted the ball past Bill Hamid to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. This is Hamid's first meaningful action of the 2011 season, but there was little he could do to stop the play.

After several attacks that were cut out by the Union defense, DC United finally got on the board in the dying moments of the first half. Rookie Ethan White volleyed the ball off a corner kick, and after a scramble in the box, veteran forward Josh Wolff cleaned up the mess to tie the match.

Andy Najar was active in the first half, but was unable to convert for D.C.

The winner of tonight's game will move on to the second-round of play-in games for the 2011 U.S. Open Cup tournament against the New England Revolution later this month.