Salvadoran midfielder EliseoQuintanilla scored with about four minutes remaining last night to help D.C. United salvage a 2-2 tie with the minor league Charleston Battery in an exhibition in Charleston, S.C.
A minute after the Battery had taken the lead, Quintanilla collected a pass from Freddy Adu and scored from 16 yards for United, which is 6-2-1 in preseason. Its final tune-up before the April 2 opener will be tomorrow night against the Columbus Crew in Charleston.
United took an early 1-0 lead when Mike Petke headed Steve Guppy's corner kick to Jaime Moreno, who tucked it into the net. Greg Simmonds tied it by poking a long ball past rookie goalkeeper Andrew Terris.
Terris was the only D.C. player to play the entire game. Ten substitutes entered at halftime. AleckoEskandarian and Bryan Namoff sat out with minor injuries. Christian Gomez missed two scoring chances in the first half, and Santino Quaranta, Ben Olsen and Adu came close in the second half. Adu's header hit the post.
U.S. Notes: Forward-midfielder Clint Mathis and goalkeeper Joe Cannon were cut from the national team roster for Sunday's World Cup qualifier at Mexico.
-- Steven Goff