Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City played to a tense 1-1 draw on Saturday in a heated Eastern Conference battle at RFK Stadium.

Jairo Arrieta found the back of the net in the first half for D.C. United, but Dominic Dwyer equalized just three minutes later for Sporting as the East rivals were forced to settle for a point apiece on the night.

The home side opened the scoring three minutes before the intermission as Perry Kitchen got the scoring play started when he sprayed the ball wide to the left for Chris Pontius.

Pontius got to the end line and cut it back to Arrieta, who smashed it past Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia to give the hosts the advantage.

But the lead lasted only three minutes as Roger Espinoza sent a low cross into the penalty area that left Dwyer with plenty of work to finish the play. But he did well to reach back for the ball and get plenty of power on his strike as he ripped it past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Both sides sent numbers forward as the fourth official's board showed six minutes of added time, but a winner could not be found as the clubs were forced to split the points.