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Pontius scores 3 goals for United vs. Red Bulls

WASHINGTON — 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.

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.