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DC United's Late Rally Ends In A Draw

10:46 PM, May 3, 2007   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Surrounded by reporters and cameras, Jaime Moreno was asked for his reaction when he heard he wouldn't be in the starting lineup for D.C. United's game against the New England Revolution. "I can't say that on TV," Moreno answered. The franchise's all-time leader in games and goals made a rare appearance as a substitute Thursday night as coach Tom Soehn attempted to jump-start a winless team. Moreno entered at halftime, then quickly drew a foul in the box and converted the penalty kick in a 1-1 draw. "I don't have nothing to prove. I'm too old for that," said Moreno, who failed to start for only the 10th time in 253 career MLS games. "Eighteen, 19 years old, they have something to prove. I'm 33. A lot of people know me. I think those are all things right now that are not very important. The important thing is D.C. United, and that's all we work for." The draw gave United their first standings point of the season and ended a franchise-record six-game regular-season losing streak, which included the final three games of last season. They couldn't get the win despite playing with a man advantage for most of the second half, but two near-misses in injury time capped what was easily the team's best performance of the season. "The passion I was asking for, I thought we showed that," said Soehn, who has benched several veterans already in an attempt to get the team out of its skid. "We're not done working on it, but it's a step in the right direction." Andy Dorman scored his third goal for the Revolution, who played with 10 men after midfielder Shalrie Joseph received a questionable red card in the 63rd minute. New England is unbeaten in four games after losing its season opener. Joseph was ejected after he and United's Ben Olsen made simultaneous sliding attempts for the ball in the 63rd minute. Joseph vehemently protested before making a very slow walk toward the locker room. New England coach Steve Nicol said he has been fined enough by the league, so he didn't want to comment on the call. "I think anybody who's seen the game could clearly see what it is," Nicol said. "It's frustrating when you create your own problems, but it's even more frustrating when it comes from elsewhere." Moreno's place in United's starting lineup was taken by Nicholas Addlery, a rookie who played in the Vietnamese second division last year and made his MLS debut with 22 minutes as a substitute last week against Columbus. Addlery played a nervous 45 minutes before he was replaced by Moreno, who soon drew a poor-judgment foul by James Riley that led to a goal. Riley gave Moreno a forearm shove while both players pursued a long ball in the corner of the penalty area. Referee Terry Vaughn pointed to the penalty spot, and Moreno converted the kick in the 49th minute. Dorman's goal came only three minutes earlier, in the first seconds of the second half. Joseph played a long ball to Taylor Twellman, whose shot was blocked by diving goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Dorman was there to pounce on the rebound and put in the easy goal. United nearly won the game twice in injury time. Olsen hit the crossbar from close range, and Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made a diving stop on Luciano Emilio to preserve the draw. "The way we really defended there was fantastic," Nicol said.

The Associated Press

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