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Dwayne De Rosario capped his hat trick by converting a game-tying penalty kick in the 88th minute as D.C. United salvaged a 3-3 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday night.
Dwayne De Rosario has wasted no time showing D.C. United why he is one of the most prolific attacking players in MLS history.
Toronto FC has made two trades, acquiring Canadian international midfielder Terry Dunfield from Vancouver for allocation money and future considerations, and forward Ryan Johnson from San Jose for forward Alan Gordon, midfielder Jacob Peterson, and Canadian defender Nana Attakora.
Always an intense feud, the long-running rivalry between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls was injected with an extra dose of intrigue last week.
A large contingent of media members swarmed the RFK Stadium practice fields Thursday as D.C. United tuned up for Saturday's pivotal home match against the Philadelphia Union. Yet reporters took little interest in assessments of the visiting Eastern Conference front-runners.
As the first half of the 2011 MLS season unfolded, it became clear that D.C. United needed to fill voids on their roster if the club wanted to emerge from the middle of the Eastern Conference pack and contend for an MLS Cup.
D.C. United has acquired veteran playmaker Dwayne De Rosario from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty.
The confidence is back, and he no longer is hurting. D.C. United attacking midfielder Chris Pontius finally is where he wants to be, running at opposing players and stamping his mark on games.
Listed at 6 feet 3 inches, 225 pounds, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid presents an imposing figure between the posts. The shot-stopper's reputation as a fiery, vocal competitor who wears his emotion on his sleeve only enhances the effect.