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April 22, 2012 6:09 PM EDT
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium — Washington, District of Columbia
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 13262‎
 
 
36′ Nick DeLeon
 
 

D.C. United 4-1 New York Red Bulls: Pontius scores a hat trick as United sinks sorry Red Bulls

D.C. United won big to leapfrog arch rival New York and claim second place in the East. Chris Pontius took the plaudits with his three goals.

By Seth Vertelney

Chris Pontius, Danny Cruz, D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, MLS
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D.C. United had little trouble with the visiting Red Bulls Sunday evening, breaching a poor back line four times on the way to a 4-1 win. Chris Pontius was the hero on the night, scoring a hat trick.

The home side got off to a great start just eight minutes in when Pontius robbed the ball from Thierry Henry near midfield, rode off the challenge of Markus Holgersson, and fired a shot home from the top of the box.

Pontius grabbed his second of the night in the 32nd minute thanks to great work from Maicon Santos. The Brazilian bulled his way through three Red Bulls defenders before his cross was deflected and fell kindly to Pontius, who had the simplest of tap ins on the goal line.

United made it three just two minutes later after Victor Palsson slipped and deflected the ball into the box for Dwayne De Rosario, who held off Connor Lade and squared to Nick DeLeon, who applied the finish from inside the box.

Pontius completed his hat trick in some style in the 69th minute, torching the porous Red Bulls' defense by dribbling straight through the middle before dispatching past an onrushing Ryan Meara.

Thierry Henry grabbed a consolation for the visitors a couple minutes later, curling in a great free kick from 20 yards out. That would be the last of the goals, as D.C. United stretched its unbeaten run to six games.

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D.C. United

31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
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3
Robbie Russell
Defender
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14
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24
Daniel Woolard
Defender
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44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
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14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
66′
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13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
8′ 32′ 69′ 88′
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14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
36′
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Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
71′
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Maicon Santos
Striker
75′
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Ryan Meara
Goalkeeper
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Connor Lade
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22
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14
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Dax McCarty
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V. Pálsson
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Dane Richards
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14
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Bill Hamid
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Stephen King
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Lewis Neal
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Substitutes

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