CHESTER, PA - SEPTEMBER 20: Nick DeLeon #18 of the D.C. United slides for the ball in from of Carlos Valdes #2 of the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on September 20, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: Lionard Pajoy Goal Leads United Past Union, 1-0

The Black-and-Red pick up another crucial three points in the Eastern Conference playoff race Thursday night.

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D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: Lionard Pajoy Goal Sees United Past Union

Lionard Pajoy scored his second goal in a D.C. United uniform to defeat his former club Thursday night as D.C. United temporarily moved into fourth place in MLS' Eastern Conference by defeating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at PPL Park.

Pajoy's goal came in the 67th minute after Chris Pontius ran on to a deflected long ball from Maicon Santos on the right side of Philadelphia's penalty area. After staying up right following a tackle, Pontius crossed to the center of the box, where Pajoy took his time before volleying the ball high into the net.


The win moved D.C. United to 47 points, one ahead of the fifth-place Houston Dynamo and two ahead of the sixth-place Columbus Crew. The three teams are playing for two playoff spots, and each has played the same amount of games (29). United are also just two points behind the third-place New York Red Bulls, who have also played 29 games.

D.C. United resumes their season Sunday night with a match against Chivas USA at RFK Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.

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D.C. United Vs. Philadelphia Union: Eastern Rivals Scoreless At Halftime

D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union have entered halftime with no goals between them after a first half utterly devoid of incident.

United, who would get back into the Eastern Conference playoff places with a win or a draw, started the match poorly as the hosts enjoyed the majority of possession. The visitors looked particularly shaky in defense, as the Union won the ball far too easily and United looked far too casual in possession.

However, the Black-and-Red came back into the game in the later part of the first half, actually outshooting the Union over the first 45 minutes 3-2 while managing the half's only shot on target. United also won the possession battle over the Union, 52%-48%. Each team was caught offside twice.

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