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Illustration for article titled DC Uniteds Nick DeLeon Scores Clutch Game-Tying Goal, Then Chokes Away Decisive Penalty Kick
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Well this was all very dramatic. DC United were down 2–1 in the 116th minute of Thursday night’s knockout round match against Columbus Crew, until Nick DeLeon ripped home a clutch equalizer from the edge of the box off a blown clearance.

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But that heroic moment for DeLeon turned into a horrifying nightmare minutes later, when he stepped up to take United’s final try in penalty kicks, with the Crew ahead 3–2, and just pooped it all up:

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This obviously doesn’t all fall on DeLeon. Old Man Wayne Rooney got PKs off to a rough start when his attempt was easily punched away. Luciano Acosta’s attempt was also easily saved. But, man, DeLeon had it all on the line, and just straight-up Baggio’d it, ending United’s excellent season with one terrible kick. Brutal.

Staff Writer, Deadspin

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