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MLS WRAP - Week 21: De Rosario nets DC United hat-trick, Hassli leads Vancouver to rare win

Dwayne De Rosario was again the star of the show in Major League Soccer on the weekend, scoring a hat-trick in DC United's 3-3 draw with former club Toronto FC.

The Canada international netted twice in the second half, with one being a late penalty, as the Washington club overcame the 7th minute sending off of goalkeeper Bill Hamid to grab a point at home against a Toronto outfit that fell behind twice before hitting the lead with five minutes remaining.

De Rosario struck first for ten-man DC in the 19th minute when he received a short free-kick from Santino Quaranta before lashing home from distance, giving Toronto gloveman Stefan Frei no chance.

Peri Marosevic got TFC back on level terms seven minutes into the second half when he scored his second in two games with an easy tap-in after DC keeper Steve Cronin failed to hold onto Ashtone Morgan's cross from the left.

DC hit the lead again in the 64th minute when De Rosario pounced on Andy Iro's defensive blunder to round Frei and slot home before Julian de Guzman made it 2-2 with a thunderous finish from long range in the 69th.

Toronto then edged ahead with less than five minutes remaining when Danny Koevermans poked home through Cronin's arms but De Rosario came to the rescue after Austin da Luz was brought down in the area by Iro, stepping up to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot for his ninth goal of the season.

In other MLS matches, Eric Hassli scored twice to help Vancouver Whitecaps to just their third win of the season with a 4-2 triumph over Chicago Fire, Alejandro Moreno netted a brace as Chivas USA won 3-2 at New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union and Houston Dynamo had a 1-1 draw, as did San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders scored twice at the death to snatch a 2-1 win against Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake beat New York Red Bulls 3-0 as LA Galaxy extended their lead in the Western Conference to six points with a 3-1 home result over second-placed FC Dallas.

2011 MLS season - Week 21 scores

DC United: 3 (Dwayne De Rosario 19'/64'/(p) 88', red card: Bill Hamid 7') Toronto FC: 3 (Peri Marosevic 52', Julian de Guzman 69', Danny Koevermans 85') RFK Stadium, Washington, DC - 11,604

New England Revolution: 2 (Shalrie Joseph (p) 69', Diego Fagundez 86') Chivas USA: 3 (Alejandro Moreno 31'/80', Nick LaBrocca 59') Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA - 11,523

Philadelphia Union: 1 (Jack McInerney 15') Houston Dynamo: 1 (Geoff Cameron 84') PPL Park, Chester, PA - 18,524

Sporting Kansas City: 1 (Kei Kamar 20', red card: Omar Bravo 59') Seattle Sounders: 2 (Mauro Rosales 90', Lamar Nagle 90+2') LIVESTRONG Park, Kansas City, KS - 17,493

Real Salt Lake: 3 (Nat Borchers 13', Luis Gil 44', Alvaro Saborio 77') New York Red Bulls: 0 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT - 19,081

San Jose Earthquakes: 1 (Alan Gordon 67') Portland Timbers: 1 (Kenny Cooper 23', red card: Jeremy Hall 90+1') Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA - 10,525

LA Galaxy: 3 (Omar Gonzalez 32', Juninho 62', Mike Magee 81') FC Dallas: 1 (Marvin Chavez 9') The Homde Depot Center, Carson, CA - 21,546

Vancouver Whitecaps: 4 (Eric Hassli 1'/72, Gershon Koffie 24', Camilo Sanvezzo 48') Chicago Fire: 2 (Dominic Oduro 23', Orr Barouch 80') Empire Field, Vancouver, BC - 18,714

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