WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Pontius scored his first career hat trick to lead D.C. United to a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night.
Nick De Leon also scored to help United (3-2-3) stretch their unbeaten run to six matches. United moved past New York into second place in the Eastern Conference, nine points behind first-place Kansas City.
Thierry Henry scored a late consolation goal for the Red Bulls (3-3-1), who suffered their first loss in five matches.
The Red Bulls struggled defensively without fullback Rafa Marquez, who served the first of a three-match suspension for violent conduct displayed in last weekend's 2-2 draw against San Jose.
Pointius scored twice before halftime before adding his team-lead tying fourth goal of the season just beyond the midway point of the second half.
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