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Charlie Davies scores, D.C. United wins Carolina Challenge Cup

Charlie Davies scored in the early moments and D.C. United overcame a second-half deficit Saturday to tie shorthanded Toronto FC, 2-2, securing the Carolina Challenge Cup title for the second consecutive year.

In what might’ve been a preview of United’s lineup in next Saturday’s season opener against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium, Davies started for the second time in four days. He played all 90 minutes against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday and paired with Joseph Ngwenya against Toronto before departing at halftime.

In the 12th minute, Chris Pontius assisted on Davies’s fourth goal of preseason. Toronto drew even nine minutes later on Dwayne De Rosario’s penalty kick and went ahead in the 28th when Maicon Santos finished goalkeeper Stefan Frei’s long ball.

Toronto defender Mikael Yourassowsky was sent off late in the first half after receiving two yellow cards in two minutes for taking down United players that had beaten him on the right side.

After making eight changes at halftime, United tied the match in the 62nd minute when Ngwenya converted Santino Quaranta’s pass for his team-high sixth preseason goal.

United was 2-0-1 in the tournament in Charleston, S.C., and 7-0-2 in preseason overall, though only three matches were against MLS opponents.


GK Onstad; Ds Zayner (Korb 46th), Kitchen (Brasesco 46th), Jakovic (White 46th), Woolard (Burch 46th); MFs Najar (Quaranta 46th), McCarty (Morsink 46th), Boskovic (Shanosky 71st), Pontius (King 46th); Fs Davies (Brettschneider 46th), Ngwenya (Barklage 64th).

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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