D.C. United stays tough at home, tops Fire 4-2
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lionard Pajoy and Long Tan each scored his first goal with his new club, helping D.C. United to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.
Dwayne De Rosario and Brandon McDonald also scored to help United (12-8-4) become the first team to score more than two goals against the Fire this year. D.C. extended its home unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3) - the second-longest in franchise history.
Gonzalo Segares and Daniel Paladini scored for fourth-place Chicago (12-8-5), which had its lead over United narrow to one point in the Eastern Conference standings.
After Paladini's goal in the 45th minute goal tied the score at 1-all, Pajoy put United back ahead in first-half stoppage time and McDonald made it 3-1 in the 51st minute.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Federico Higuain scored the winning goal in the 58th minute and also had an assist in his home debut to help Columbus hold off Toronto.
Higuain, who had an assist in his first game with the Crew (9-8-6) on Sunday at Houston, set up Eddie Gaven in the 4th minute and made it 2-0 in the second half.
Luis Silva scored in the 71st minute to pull Toronto (5-15-5) within one.
Gaven's goal was the Crew's quickest of the season, five minutes faster than his score against Chicago on May 26.
The match was rescheduled from Aug. 11 so the Crew could attend the funeral of teammate Kirk Urso, who died Aug. 5.
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