WASHINGTON (AP) _ Edward Johnson scored in the sixth minute of
overtime to give the Dallas Burn a 4-3 victory over D.C. on
Thursday night, eliminating United from MLS playoff contention.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Dallas (12-9-7).
United (9-14-5), in last place in the division most of the
season, needed a victory over the Burn and a combination of losses
or ties from other teams this weekend to have a shot at the fourth
and final Eastern playoff berth.
United tied the game on a goal by Ali Curtis during injury time,
forcing the overtime.
The Burn scored in the 34th minute when a handball by United
defender Brian Namoff on a Dallas corner kick set up Jorge
Rodriguez's penalty kick goal.
Bobby Convey tied it in the 48th minute with his fifth goal of
the season and D.C. took its only lead in the 65th minute on Henry
Zambrano's first goal of the season.
Antonio Martinez scored in the 74th minute and Bobby Rhine added
another goal in the 80th to give Dallas a 3-2 lead.