Espindola leads United past Crew into tie for first place in MLS

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.

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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.

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