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D.C. United
DC
Final
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LA Galaxy
LA
Saturday, September 14, 20134:00 PM
RFK StadiumMLS Regular SeasonPartly CloudyUniMasAttendance: 16233

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 84'DCKyle Porter
  • Perry Kitchen
 81'LAMichael Stephens
  • Robbie Keane
 39'DCChris Pontius 
 7'LARobbie Keane
  • Landon Donovan
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 77'LA
Michael Stephens (M)
Héctor Jiménez (M)
 69'DC
Kyle Porter (M)
Chris Pontius (M)
 69'DC
Conor Doyle (F)
Luis Silva (F)
 HTLA
Jose Villarreal (M)
Landon Donovan (F)
 10'LA
Sean Franklin (D)
A.J. DeLaGarza (D)

Starting Formations

28Hamid22Korb15White5Jakovic2Riley18DeLeon23Kitchen24Neal13Pontius12Silva7De RosarioM273019173133218Penedo20DeLaGarza4González22Leonardo2Dunivant16Jiménez19Juninho8Sarvas29Zardes7Keane10DonovanM652632123328RAA4

Lineups

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D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
22DChris Korb
15DEthan White
5DDejan Jakovic
2DJames Riley
18MNick DeLeon
23MPerry Kitchen
24MLewis Neal
13MChris Pontius
12FLuis Silva
7FDwayne De Rosario
LA Galaxy
18GJaime Penedo
20DA.J. DeLaGarza
4DOmar González
22DLeonardo
2DTodd Dunivant
16MHéctor Jiménez
19MJuninho
8MMarcelo Sarvas
29MGyasi Zardes
7FRobbie Keane
10FLandon Donovan
Bench
27Sainey Nyassi
30Conor Doyle
19Kyle Porter
17Conor Shanosky
31Joe Willis
3Dennis Iapichino
32Collin Martin
 
6Pablo Mastroeni
5Sean Franklin
26Michael Stephens
32Jack McBean
12Brian Rowe
33Jose Villarreal
28Kofi Opare
Managers
  Ben Olsen
 
  Bruce Arena
OFFICIALS

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RefereeDrew Fischer  
Assistant RefereeSean Hurd  
Assistant RefereeCraig Lowry  
Fourth OfficialJose Carlos Rivero  
Saturday, September 14, 2013
4:00 PM
RFK Stadium
UniMas

WASHINGTON – They may be the worst team in MLS, but D.C. United showed plenty of fight, coming back twice to tie the defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy 2-2 at RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

United netted a late 84th-minute equalizer on a header by substitute Kyle Porter and it came just three minutes after the Galaxy looked to have sealed an important three points through a Michael Stephens finish.

Stephens beat DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid for his first goal of the season with a perfectly-placed shot on a set-up by Galaxy captain Robbie Keane. But Porter would reply with his second goal of the campaign, heading home a cross from Perry Kitchen. It was only the third time in 2013 that DC scored two or more goals in a game.

Last-place United (3-19-6, 15 points) also snapped a two-match losing skid, while the Galaxy (13-10-5, 44 points) maintained their third-place standing in the Western Conference playoff hunt behind the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake.

LA looked to be in for an easy afternoon when Keane opened the scoring in the 7th minute for a full-strength Galaxy side, which started Keane, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Jaime Penedo after all returned from international team duty. It was Donovan who fed Keane with a clever back-heel pass for the Irishman's 13th goal of the season.

But in the 39th minute, Chris Pontius leveled the match for an equally full-strength United side that managed to salvage only their second point this season after conceding the first goal.

After the strong burst from LA to start the match, United eventually found their footing and capitalized on a poor turnover by Gonzalez on the Galaxy back line. Pontius, starting for the first time in eight matches, stripped Gonzalez and sidestepped Penedo before chipping in his second tally of the season to make it 1-1. It was also Pontius’ first goal during the run of play since Sept. 15, 2012.

The Galaxy will leave RFK Stadium with two injury concerns after Donovan was subbed off at halftime with what the club called a "left ankle problem." Meanwhile, defender A.J. DeLaGarza left the match in the 10th minute after a nasty fall near the end line that resulted in a dislocated elbow. DeLaGarza was replaced by regular right back Sean Franklin.

Both teams traded chances in a fluid second half, which included two shots by Conor Doyle that were saved by Penedo, before the wild final 10 minutes.

United will next travel to New England to face the Revolution on Saturday (7:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE), while the Galaxy have a huge match looming the same day when the play host to league-leading Seattle (10:30 pm ET, NBCSN). Before that LA have to deal with Isidro Metapan in CONCACAF Champions League play on Wednesday (10ET, Fox Sports 2)

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Robbie Keane Best player on the field and constant thorn in DC's side throughout the match. Scores a goal after seven minutes of being reunited with his partner in crime, Landon Donovan, and assists on Michael Stephens' tally.
2 Chris Pontius DC fans got a glimpse of what they've been missing for most of 2013, as Pontius registered an inspired performance as a starter. Industry and quality for the entire match, including on this momentary equalizer.
3 Marcelo Sarvas It wasn't the most brilliant performance from LA, but Sarvas still stands out for his fight, his running, and his defensive recoveries.