CHESTER, Pa. — Blas Perez scored late in stoppage time to lift FC Dallas to a 2-2 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.

Walker Zimmerman also scored as FC Dallas (8-3-6) picked up its second consecutive draw pulled into a first-place tie with Real Salt Lake and Portland atop the Western Conference.

“This reminds me of games last year against (D.C. United) where we dominated and dominated and next thing you know they get a late goal,” said Union defender Amobi Okugo in quotes provided by the team. “The positive from this is that we didn’t lose it, but you hate to let any team get a point in your house, especially like that.”

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Aaron Wheeler had put the Union ahead in the 87th minute.

He was inserted as a substitute just 8 minutes earlier and got his first career goal.

Amobi Okugo also scored for the Union (7-5-5) while Sheanon Williams added two assists.

The Union extended their unbeaten streak to 2-0-2, narrowly missing a chance to tie a franchise mark with a third consecutive victory.

“The thing we need to do now is not let this one hang over our heads,” said Union captain Brian Carroll. “We can’t let this one affect how we play in our next game… because we all know we just gave (two points) away – and that can’t happen.”

FC Dallas went down a man in the 68th minute when Je-Vaughn Watson picked up his second yellow card and was ejected.

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Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.

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