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Chaos rules in DC United-Red Bulls playoff draw

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11:33 AM ET 11.04 | D.C. United's return to the MLS playoffs after a five-year hiatus was an inelegant, chaotic and controversial affair tarnished by two own goals, a missed penalty kick and a teenage tantrum. At the end of two odd hours Saturday, United was left with a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls in front of 17,556 at RFK Stadium -- the first of two legs in an Eastern Conference semifinal series. After Chris Pontius missed a first-half penalty kick, United went ahead on New York defender Roy Miller's misguided clearance in the 61st minute. D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned the favor four minutes later after getting bumped inside the six-yard box. United was short-handed for the last 20 minutes after Andy Najar, a 19-year-old right back, flung the ball at referee Jair Marrufo and was ejected. He will miss Game 2 in the total-goals series Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena. If the teams tie again, 30 minutes of overtime and possibly a penalty-kick tiebreaker would follow immediately.

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November 7, 2012  04:49 AM ET

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November 8, 2012  03:51 PM ET
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November 8, 2012  04:40 PM ET

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November 9, 2012  04:37 AM ET
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November 9, 2012  04:37 AM ET
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December 6, 2012  04:35 AM ET

After Chris Pontius missed a first-half penalty kick, United went ahead.

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