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Ruiz salvages draw for Union against D.C.

Jul 3, 2011 - 1:06 AM Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - For the second successive match, D.C. United saw three points become one in the final 10 minutes.

Last weekend, Houston's Brian Ching scored in the 89th minute of a 2-2 draw against United, while it was Carlos Ruiz who tallied the equalizer in the 84th minute on Saturday as the Philadelphia Union earned a 2-2 draw at RFK Stadium against United.

Ben Olsen's team traded for Dwayne De Rosario on Monday in a deal that saw United send Dax McCarty to Red Bull New York. And the move paid off in the 44th minute as De Rosario set up a goal for Josh Wolff in the 44th minute with a nice pass inside the area.

United was creating the better chances, but a fluke own goal in the 49th minute allowed the Union to level the contest as Perry Kitchen redirected a cross from Philadelphia's Veljko Paunovic into his own net.

But the hosts responded quickly with Chris Pontius having his shot tipped onto the post by Philadelphia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon one minute later.

The 58th minute saw D.C. regain the lead with a wonderful strike from Andy Najar, who beat a man at midfield and found acres of space before unleashing a shot past Mondragon and inside the left post from 35 yards.

It was a wonderful goal worthy of winning a match, but like last weekend, the D.C. defense couldn't hold the lead and the Union's Sheanon Williams set up Ruiz with a square ball inside the area that the striker placed inside the left post.

Both teams have become accustomed to leaving with a point in recent weeks as the Union has drawn four times in its last six games, while United has settled for draws in four of its last five.