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Espindola records goal, assist; DC United tied for 1st in MLS standings with 2-0 win over Crew

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WASHINGTON — Fabian Espindola had a goal and an assist in D.C. United's 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night, moving them 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 Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark. Sean Franklin volleyed home Espindola's corner kick in the 41st minute to make it 2-0.

PHOTO: Columbus Crew’s Ethan Finlay, right, reaches for the ball as DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) defends during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Columbus Crew’s Ethan Finlay, right, reaches for the ball as DC United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) defends during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

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 unbeaten streak snapped.

Bill Hamid recorded his fourth shutout in six starts. It was his first action since suffering a thigh injury April 11.

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PHOTO: DC United's Sean Franklin, foreground, celebrates after scoring a goal against the Columbus Crew during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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