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DC United’s Home Struggles Continue In Wild 3-3 Tie With Toronto

Ten-man DC United fought valiantly in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Toronto FC, but was unable to secure the ever-elusive three points at home.  If there is anything we have learned about this version of the Black and Red, it is that nothing comes easy.  This was a match that was not for the faint of heart.  United dug itself a deep hole when goalkeeper Bill Hamid got himself sent off in the seventh minute for a rash challenge on Eric Avila outside the penalty box.  Former FC Toronto forward and Ontario native Dwayne DeRosario put United ahead in the 18th minute, blasting a swerving shot from outside the area past a desperately lunging Stefan Frei.  United rode out the rest of the half and entered the interval with the lead.  FC Toronto, winless on the road in MLS play, tied the score in comical fashion some seven minutes after halftime when substitute goalkeeper Steven Cronin flapped at a cross and punched it off his own defender directly into the path of an unmarked Peri Marosevic, who tapped into the open net.  FC Toronto returned the favor in the 64th minute when the woeful Andy Iro somehow let an innocuous cross go through his legs and DeRosario was on hand again to punish his former team.  Toronto equalized again in controversial fashion in the 69th minute as referee Jason Anno failed to stop play to allow defender Ethan White to enter as a substitute and wily veteran Julien De Guzman took advantage to hit a dipping shot from distance that eluded the overmatched Cronin.  Cronin was at fault for a third time when Toronto took the lead in the 86th minute through Danny Koevermans, but United’s defense did him no favor by leaving the Dutch striker unmarked off a corner kick.  Amazingly, United tied the match only two minutes later as winger and new addition Austin Da Luz was bundled over by Iro in the area after being sent through by DeRosario.  The Canadian stepped up and cooly slipped the ensuing penalty kick past Frei to cement his ever-growing status amongst the United faithful.  United will try again to earn three points at home when they host the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at RFK.

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