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D.C. United nears conference semifinal berth after 4-0 win

D.C. United nears conference semifinal berth after 4-0 win

Chris Pontius scored in the 39th minute, and D.C. United added three second-half goals to beat the Chicago Fire, 4-0. United (15-12-6) moved into second place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference and can secure an automatic berth in the conference semifinals with a win over the Columbus Crew in the regular-season finale Sunday. Pontius opened the scoring when he pushed the ball past Chicago's Jon Busch with a heavy touch and raced behind the goalkeeper to finish in the open net. Bobby Boswell headed home Fabian Espindola's corner in the 67th minute, Espindola knocked in a shot with the help of a deflection in the...

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