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D.C. United takes Eastern Conference lead
by Paul Kennedy, June 12th, 2014 12:21AM

TAGS:  d.c. united, mls


[MLS: Week 15] Looks who's in first: D.C. United, last in MLS last season with just three wins and 16 points, will head into MLS's World Cup break with seven wins and 25 points, along with the lead in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 4-2 win at last-place Montreal. For more on Wednesday MLS action and the first MLS Open Cup matches.

United got to a hat trick by Luis Silva and three assists from Fabian Espindola in a match that saw all six goals scored in the first half. It came back from 2-1 down after 21 minutes to take the lead on Silva's second and third goals. The killer was his third from the penalty spot five minutes into first-half stoppage time.

-- Portland came back from dead -- again -- to earn a draw at home, scoring twice in the twice in the last 11 minutes with a penalty kick from Will Johnson and Pa Modou Kah four minutes into stoppage time to tie FC Dallas, 2-2.

The visitors have no one to blame for the collapse except themselves as Moises Hernandez and Blas Perez were sent off late in the game. After the game, young Colombian Fabian Castillo, brilliant in the first half with a goal and dummy on Perez's goal, had to be separated from the assistant referee.

U.S. OPEN CUP. The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo both won their opening U.S. Open Cup matches on Wednesday, though the Quakes needed to recover from a 1-0 deficit to beat Sacramento Republic FC, 2-1, on goals by Khari Stephenson and Cordell Cato at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Honduran Alex Lopez has his first goal for the Dynamo to beat the PDL's Laredo Heat, 1-0, in a match that saw both teams finish with 10 players.

U.S. Open Cup: Schedule

MLS WEEK 15, Results:
Wednesday, June 11
Montreal 2 D.C. United 4.
DC: Luis Silva (Fabian Espindola) 6
MTL: Jack McInerney (Hassoun Camara) 12
MTL: Andres Romero 21
DC: Nick DeLeon (Fabian Espindola) 23
DC: Luis Silva (Fabian Espindola) 39
DC: Luis Silva pen. 45+5
Att.: 14,135.

Portland 2 FC Dallas 2.
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez) 27
DAL: Blas Perez (Tesho Akindele) 39
POR: Will Johnson pen. 79
POR: Pa Modou Kah (Maximiliano Urruti) 90+4
Red Cards: DAL -- Moises Hernandez 87, Blas Perez 90+2.

MLS Standings:
25 D.C. United 7-4-4 22/16
23 New England 7-5-2 21/18
22 Sporting KC 6-5-4 21/14
19 Toronto FC 6-4-1 15/13
18 New York 4-5-6 22/22
18 Columbus 4-5-6 18/18
17 Houston 5-9-2 16/29
15 Philadelphia 3-7-6 22/27
14 Chicago 2-4-8 22/25
10 Montreal 2-7-4 13/26

32 Seattle 10-3-2 32/23
25 Real Salt Lake 6-2-7 25/21
22 Colorado 6-5-4 21/18
22 FC Dallas 6-7-4 28/28
21 Vancouver 5-2-6 25/20
20 Portland 4-4-8 28/27
17 LA Galaxy 4-3-5 16/11
16 San Jose 4-5-4 15/14
11 Chivas USA 2-7-5 14/26
MLS: Leading Scorers
11 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
11 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
9 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
7 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy

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