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Fire 2, United 2

Chicago ties United to gain Eastern final

WASHINGTON - The Chicago Fire's curse on D.C. United lives on. Barely.

The Fire got the better of United in the MLS playoffs yet again last night, scoring two first-half goals and surviving a thrilling D.C. comeback in a 2-2 tie that sent Chicago to the Eastern Conference final.

The result gave the Fire a 3-2 aggregate win in the two-game first-round series, following their 1-0 win at home last week. Chicago improved to 5-0-2 against United in the playoffs.

Chad Barrett and Chris Rolfe stunned the RFK Stadium crowd of 19,438 by splitting the middle of the defense with similar goals two minutes apart in the first half.

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