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D.C. United rewind: 2-2 draw with Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium

Tom Petty was in the news this week. Wonder if he would allow us to use “Breakdown” as the soundtrack for D.C. United’s recent performances. For the second consecutive matchnight, United spilled a late lead at home and settled for a draw that felt like a loss.

Last week vs. Houston: 89th minute.

This week vs. Philadelphia: 84th minute.

In nine home matches, United has secured just 11 of a possible 27 points. Since the season opener, it’s 8 of 24.

Consequently, they’re going to have to get it done on the road: New York next week, Dallas on July 16, and after hosting New England and Everton at RFK Stadium, they’ll go to San Jose.

The latest collapse spoiled Dwayne De Rosario’s quality debut and Andy Najar’s outrageous goal (which would’ve been goal of the week if not for Darlington Nagbe’s stunning finish for Portland).

Ben Olsen: “It is obviously disappointing to tie again, and it hurts a little bit more because it was the second one [at home]. But putting that aside, we brought two new guys into the team this week, and I thought it was a pretty good game overall.”

My match report.

Chris Pontius had this to say on his Twitter page after the match:

“I was awful tonight. Apologize to my teammates, fans, and the organization”

Also on the Twitter machine, Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon applauded the 300 or so Union supporters at RFK:

“Seeing all those flags and so many people on that upper level remind me the Champions League away games with Galatasaray!!!”

Match highlights:


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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