Substitute Jack McInerney scored in the 90th minute to lift Philadelphia into a 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night in Washington, boosting the Union’s playoff hopes.
Nick DeLeon scored in the 36th minute for United (3-23-6), which had ample chances to build on its lead but went its 10th straight match without a victory.
McInerney scored his first goal since June 1 on a clear header from inside the 6-yard box after reaching Jose Kleberson’s cross from the left. The 21-year-old celebrated his team-leading 11th goal by stripping his shirt and racing toward a boisterous section of Union fans tucked under RFK Stadium’s upper deck.
The goal came after United (12-10-10) missed several chances to close the game out, the most notable just several minutes before when goalkeeper Zac MacMath streaked out of his goal but lost a foot race to United’s Conor Doyle. Doyle found Chris Pontius in the middle of the penalty area with MacMath still stranded, but Pontius’s shot well high.
DeLeon scored his second goal of the season on a strike from 30 yards after reaching Lewis Neal’s pass from deeper in midfield.With space around him, DeLeon took three touches before unleashing a vicious shot that gave MacMath little chance. Philadelphia’s Sebastien Le Toux left the match in the 16th minute after re-aggravating a foot injury.
Fire 3, FC Dallas 2 — Mike Magee tied for the MLS goal-scoring lead and added an assist as Chicago won in Frisco, Texas.
The victory moved the Fire (13-12-7) into a three-way tie with Montreal and Philadelphia for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with two matches remaining. The top five teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
Dallas (10-11-11) rallied from a 3-0 deficit on Kenny Cooper’s two second-half goals, but remained eighth in the Western Conference. Magee is tied with Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio for the lead in goals with 19.
Chicago opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Magee sent a corner kick from the left side to about 10 yards in front of the goal and Juan Luis Anangono headed it in. Magee scored after a loose ball went to teammate Alex 20 yards in front. He took a left-footed shot that struck Magee in the right shoulder, redirecting the ball on a bounce past goalkeeper Chris Seitz.