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D.C. United lets a win — and then a draw — slip away in a loss to NYCFC

HARRISON, N.J. — In a matter of minutes, then in the space of seconds, D.C. United’s outlook for victory Sunday, then for a draw, plunged into despair and ultimately left it with a gutting defeat.

United led by a goal most of the steamy evening. It was then staring at a draw after conceding an 84th-minute equalizer. But as time melted away, New York City FC’s Thiago made an extraordinary run from his own end and scored for a 2-1 victory.

The stunning finish ended United’s three-game unbeaten streak, ruined D.C.’s chance to hop four places in MLS’s Eastern Conference standings and spoiled Nigel Robertha’s first league goal.