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United go top in East after trouncing Sporting

Kansas City, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - D.C. United moved to the top of the Eastern Conference on Saturday after scoring three times in the span of seven first-half minutes to secure a 3-0 win at Sporting Kansas City.

Fabian Espindola started the scoring surge in the 24th minute before Chris Rolfe added a second goal four minutes later. Perry Kitchen then made it 3-0 in the 31st and the visitors coasted home there to claim a sixth win in eight games, moving the club one point clear of Sporting.

United goalkeeper Bill Hamid produced a fine diving save on Sporting's Benny Feilhaber nine minutes into the match to keep his team level, and the visitors took over shortly after that with Espindola scoring on a fine curling effort after creating space.

Luis Silva set up the second goal in the 28th with a chipped ball that released Rolfe in behind the defense after he beat the offside trap. The forward was left along with goalkeeper Jon Kempin and he easily slotted his shot past the netminder to double the lead.

Kitchen made it 3-0 to United in the 31st when he made a nice run past Sporting defender Aurelien Collin and took a pass from Rolfe that he lashed past Kempin at the near post.

Nick DeLeon struck the woodwork in the 53rd as the visitors continued to threaten, while Sporting's Graham Zusi hammered a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards.

United's David Estrada was denied the post in the final few minutes, but the result was already well in hand and United sits on top of the conference this late in the season for the first time since 2007.

08/23 22:58:46 ET

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