Controversial calls impact D.C. United’s 1-1 draw with Philadelphia

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D.C. thought it had drawn level in the 63rd minute when Nick DeLeon buried his shot, only for Geiger to blow the play dead, ruling that Salihi interfered with Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Replays, however, showed it actually was MacMath’s teammate, left back Gabriel Farfan, who knocked the ball out of the goalkeeper’s grasp — kicking off the evening’s chorus of boos and player protests.

“[Geiger] was confused for all the decisions,” Salihi said, “for us and Philadelphia.”

United finally drew even in the 71st minute. MacMath, a second-year player who has endured his fair share of struggles for Philadelphia this season, allowed a suspect tally as Boskovic’s free kick deflected off Union defender Amobi Okugo and trickled in.

It turned out to be the game’s final goal. The drama, though, had only gotten started.

“If I gave you my real opinion, I’d probably get suspended — for the rest of the season,” United goalkeeper Bill Hamid said. “But I’m baffled. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

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