WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 22: Forward Chris Pontius #13 of D.C. United celebrates his first half goal against the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium on April 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: Chris Pontius' Goal Gives Black-And-Red 1-0 Win

The winger's 78th-minute goal keeps D.C. United at the top of MLS' Eastern Conference.

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United Vs. Union: D.C. Grabs Fourth Straight Win, Blanks Philadelphia 1-0

Behind a goal in the 78th minute from forward Chris Pontius, D.C. United grabbed a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at PPL Park -- the team's fourth consecutive victory and fifth in their last six games.

Pontiu's left-footed shot came from close range following an assist from Branko Boskovic. D.C. United had several scoring chances over the course of the second half with three shots on goal, including Pontius' score.

The Black-And-Red kept Philadelphia, which amassed 15 shots and controlled the time of possession 56 percent to 45 percent, off the scoreboard thanks in large part to goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who finished with four saves.

Saturday's contest was a bit chippy with a combined five yellow cards -- though no red cards were issued.

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United Vs. Union Score Update: D.C., Philadelphia Scoreless At Halftime

Forty-five minutes in and there hasn't been any scoring, as D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union are locked in a scoreless draw at halftime at PPL Park in Chester, Penn.

Despite the even score, the Union have had far more scoring chances, with nine shots, including three on goal, compared to just two from D.C. United. But with three saves, goalie Bill Hamid has kept United in the contest in spite of the discrepancy.

United, though carrying a three-game winning streak into tonight's match, is looking to bounce back from the team's last meeting on June 5, which resulted in a 2-1 win for Philadelphia in a U.S. Open Cup match.

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United Vs. Union: D.C. Travels To Philadelphia Looking For Fourth Straight Win In League Play

D.C. United travels to Philadelphia on Saturday to face the Union for the second time in lass than two weeks. Philadelphia defeated D.C. 2-1 in a U.S. Open Cup match on June 5.

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