D.C. United defeats Chivas USA, 3-1

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With a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA at RFK Stadium, D.C. United won its third straight to keep pace with first-place Sporting Kansas City in MLS’s Eastern Conference and the Seattle Sounders in the Supporters’ Shield race. United is a point back of SKC with one fewer match and four behind Seattle, which has a game in hand.

Eddie Johnson had a goal and an assist, and Perry Kitchen and Luis Silva scored for United (10-5-4), which will play English club Fulham in a friendly Saturday at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The next league match is July 30 against Toronto FC.

Erick Torres converted a late penalty for Chivas (6-8-5), which carried a four-game winning streak into Washington.

DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Arnaud (Jeffrey 84th), Rolfe (Neal 67th); Silva (Doyle 74th), Johnson.

SCORING

DCU: Johnson (penalty kick), 25th minute.

DCU: Kitchen (Johnson), 59th.

DCU: Silva (Korb), 70th.

CHV: Torres (penalty kick), 84th.

Attendance: 13,732.

In the NWSL, Kelley O’Hara posted two goals and two assists in Sky Blue FC’s 4-2 victory over the visiting Washington Spirit before 1,740 fans in Piscataway, N.J.. Jodie Taylor and Robyn Gayle scored in the final few minutes for Washington (8-8-3), which is tied with Chicago for the fourth and final playoff spot with five matches remaining. The Spirit will host the third-place Portland Thorns on Wednesday at Maryland SoccerPlex.

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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Steven Goff · July 14, 2014