- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 6, 2009

From combined dispatches

D.C. UNITED 2, FC DALLAS 2: Jaime Moreno’s penalty-kick goal in the 58th minute lifted D.C. United to a 2-2 tie with FC Dallas on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

The draw moved United (7-5-12) into a five-way tie for the final three MLS playoff spots, while Dallas (6-11-6) - which squandered two leads - watched its postseason hopes fade further.

Moreno’s seventh goal of the season and 129th of his career, adding to his MLS record, followed a questionable red card issued to FC Dallas defender Daniel Torres. Chasing United’s Santino Quaranta, Torres was ruled to have tripped the forward, but replays clearly showed that Torres never touched him.

FC Dallas, which played the rest of the match a man short, had gone ahead 2-1 on David Ferreira’s fifth goal of the year in the 50th minute.

Jeff Cunningham moved into a tie with Ante Razov for second place on the MLS career goal list with 114, connecting for his 10th of the year to put FC Dallas ahead 1-0.

Moments later, Cunningham almost gave FC Dallas a two-goal lead when he rang another shot off the post.

Dave van den Bergh assisted on both Dallas goals, giving him a team-high eight and moving him into a tie for second in the league.

D.C. United tied the match just before halftime as Marc Burch scored his first goal of the season off a free kick.

It was the third free kick of the match by Burch. FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala made nice saves on the first two, but the third nicked off the inside of defender Pablo Ricchetti’s foot, changing direction just enough for the ball to elude Sala.



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