"D.C. United (14-10-5) now sit in fourth place in the East, one point ahead of Houston and two up on Columbus with equal games played. Although we know the top three seeds get a first-round bye, let's not forget the importance of being fourth instead of fifth: home-field advantage in the wild-card game. For a United team unbeaten in its past 14 home games, that would be huge."Washington Post:
The New York Red Bulls spoiled Dwayne De Rosario’s evening by forging a 2-2 draw in front of 10,303 at RFK Stadium.
De Rosario had scored the tiebreaking goal, the 100th of his regular season career, against a bitter rival and his previous employer. United was on pace to seize third place in the Eastern Conference and bolster its MLS playoff portfolio.
The tie extended United’s home unbeaten streak to 13, equaling the club record set five years ago. D.C. also claimed the Atlantic Cup, given to the team that wins the season series, on a total-goals tiebreaker.
D.C. went ahead when the Canadian forward headed in DeLeon’s long ball in the 68th. De Rosario made a brave run, challenging goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who was charging off his line. At the top of the box, De Rosario met the ball an instant before the fist-first keeper and nodded it into the vacant net.
“I figured, I am either going to wake up tomorrow wondering what happened or I’m going to put it in the back of the net,” said De Rosario, who joined Jeff Cunningham, Jaime Moreno, Landon Donovan, Ante Razov, Jason Kreis and Taylor Twellman in the 100-goal club.
Cunningham is currently the all-time leading scorer with 134 goals, followed by Jaime Moreno (133) and Landon Donovan (124), with the latter being the only active player besides De Rosario.
“Not a lot of people are at 100,” De Rosario said. “I look at guys that played for this club like Jamie Moreno. Hopefully I can get to where he’s at. It’s a great feeling and it’s a great honor, but I can’t do it all myself. I’ve got to congratulate my teammates that helped me.”
The Canadian striker, of Guyanese descent, started his MLS career in 2001 with the San Jose Earthquakes. De Rosario, 34, has also played for the Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls, before joining United last year.
On November 18, 2011 it was announced that De Rosario had officially been named MLS MVP for the 2011 season, meaning that he won the individual double of league MVP and Golden Boot winner. De Rosario completed the season with a total of 16 goals and 12 assists over 32 games. Of those, 13 goals and 7 assists were made during his 17 games with United.
Since United acquired him from New York in the middle of the 2011 season, De Rosario has recorded 20 goals and 19 assists in 43 regular season appearances. His 12 assists this year are tied for second in the league behind Seattle’s Mauro Rosales (13).
On February 20, 2012 D.C. United signed De Rosario to a contract extension, reportedly for the 2012 and 2013 seasons with a club option for 2014.