WASHINGTON (AP) — Fabian Espindola had a goal and an assist and D.C. United beat Columbus to move into a tie for first place in the MLS.
Espindola opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finishing Chris Rolfe's end-to-end break with a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Steve Clark. Sean Franklin volleyed home Espindola's corner kick in the 41st.
Bill Hamid had his fourth shutout in six starts.
United (5-1-2) won their second straight game, extending their unbeaten streak to six. It's the best eight-game start in franchise history.
Federico Higuain narrowly missed a header in the 53rd minute for the Crew (3-3-2), who had a four-game winning streak snapped.