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Dube rallies Revolution to draw

May 30, 2008 - 2:54 AM
FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- Kheli Dube scored for the third time in as many contests as the New England Revolution erased a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Thursday.

Adam Cristman tallied in the 59th minute for New England (6-3-2), which moved past idle Columbus (6-2-1) and Chicago (6-2-1) atop the Eastern Conference.

Luciano Emilio scored in the 15th minute and Fred tallied in the 53rd for D.C. United (3-7-1), which is 0-5-1 on the road.

With the Revolution trailing, 2-0, in the second half, Dube accepted a centering feed and moved toward the net before slipping a pass to Cristman. The 22-year-old quickly left-footed a shot past goalkeeper Zach Wells to halve the deficit.

"We had a slow start," Cristman said. "Sitting on the sideline for the first half hour, it seemed like every bounce went their way. Sometimes you have those games that the ball does not bounce your way, but we put in the work and got a point out of it."

A native of Zimbabwe, Dube then leveled the contest in the 72nd minute.

Midfielder Steve Ralston sent a free kick from just outside the box that Jeff Larentowicz alertly headed across the net to an unmarked Dube, who calmly headed the ball in to tie the match at 2-2.

"With the players that are around you, you can make a difference," Dube said of his goal-scoring streak. "Every player is good here. Whoever gets a chance I think they would make the same impact I am making right now, so it is just a matter of getting a chance to be on the team and making a difference."

Struggling on the road, D.C. United got off to a fast start at Gillette Stadium.

After Marcelo Gallardo's indirect free kick was not cleared properly, Clyde Simms settled the ball and blasted a shot that was denied by goalkeeper Matt Reis. Emilio grabbed the rebound and deposited it into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

In the 53rd minute, D.C. United upped the intensity and peppered three shots on goal. After Emilio and Jaime Moreno were denied, Fred corralled the rebound and fired a low blast past Reis for his first tally of the season.

"We still created so many opportunities that we didn't bury," D.C. United coach Tom Soehn said. "We kept them around. If we finished those chances, it doesn't get as hairy - especially on the road."

Reis finished with eight saves for the Revolution.