The Union struck first when Brian Carroll collected a loose ball in the penalty area in the eighth minute. Zac MacMath did his best to keep the Union's rally attempts off the board with several saves in the first half. The first half closed 1-0 in favor of the Union with two yellow cards also handed out: Sheanon Williams for time wasting (37th minute) and Michael Lahoud for a foul (44th minute).
The second half would see a tying goal in the 71st minute when Amobi Okugo accidentally directed a D.C. United free kick into his own net. United's Dwayne De Rosario had two chances to ice the match with a penalty kick in the 90th minute. De Rosario scored on the first attempt on a penalty kick but the goal was not allowed due to players entering the penalty area early. De Rosario sent his second kick over the crossbar and then the flood of cards occurred.
Williams was sent off in stoppage time for a foul which drew his second yellow card of the match. A total of six cards were shown from the 89th minute to the final whistle.