Veteran attacker playing influential role in six-game unbeaten streak.
At 5-1-2, United shares the MLS Eastern Conference lead with the New England Revolution.
Fabian Espindola recorded a goal and assist as DCU defeated the Columbus Crew, 2-0, at RFK Stadium.
With a victory at RFK Stadium, United would boast the best record after eight matchesin the club's 20-season history.
Columbus Crew visits Washington to face the Eastern Conference co-leaders.
Howard and Hampton will play Sept. 18. D.C. United is scheduled to play Columbus on Sept. 19.
Former D.C. United and New England Revolution midfielder going on with life operating a cycling studio in suburban Boston.
Several injured players, including Bill Hamid, are likely to return this weekend against Columbus at RFK Stadium.
United survived, despite falling behind after 70 seconds and losing goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra with a leg injury.
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