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Nick DeLeon's Late Goal Sends D.C. United To Eastern Conference Final In 2-1 Aggregate Victory

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D.C. United Advances To Eastern Conference Final

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HARRISON, NJ - NOVEMBER 08: Kenny Cooper #33 of New York Red Bulls fights for the ball with Brandon McDonald #4 of D.C. United in their Eastern Conference Semifinal match at Red Bull Arena on November 8, 2012 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

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Nick DeLeon scored in the 88th minute and D.C. United overcame the ejection of starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid as they advanced to the Eastern Conference Final in a 2-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls.

New York dominated possession in the second half, but it was DeLeon's low shot to the bottom right corner that sent United to their first conference final since 2006.

DeLeon's goal ultimately decided the game, but a crazy sequence in the 69th minute will be the most-talked part of the game. Try to keep up. Emphasis on "keep."

So, goalkeeper Bill Hamid received a red card for tackling Kenny Cooper in the penalty area...

...a penalty that he obviously did not agree with, judging by his tweet sent out shortly after leaving the pitch.

Anyways, Cooper scored on the penalty kick to seemingly give New York a 1-0 lead, but the official forced him to retake it because of encroachment. Cooper wasn't as fortunate the second time as Hamid's replacement, Joe Willis, stopped the shot. 

United will now face the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference Final. The first leg will be Sunday in Houston, while United will host the second leg Nov. 18 at RFK Stadium.


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