MLS roundup: Ben Speas pushes Crew past D.C. United

Columbus Crew forward Ben Speas celebrated his goal with teammate Federico Higuain against D.C. United on Saturday.

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Columbus Crew forward Ben Speas celebrated his goal with teammate Federico Higuain against D.C. United on Saturday.

Ben Speas scored 13 minutes into the second half to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday afternoon in Washington.

Josh Williams also scored to help Columbus win for the first time in Washington since 2010, and snap D.C. United’s 17-match home unbeaten run, during which they won 13 matches and drew four.


Columbus has won two of its first three road matches, during a season-opening stretch in which it will play five of seven away from home.

Rafael Teixeira scored in his club debut for D.C. on a sensational volley, but couldn’t prevent United’s first home defeat since the 2012 season opener against Kansas City.

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Goalkeeper Bill Hamid made seven saves to keep United in it, including several of the sensational variety.

But shortly after Hamid made two saves to keep it tied, Speas put Columbus ahead after the goalkeeper failed to hold Federico Higuain’s free kick. The rebound eventually fell to Speas, who struck from the edge of the penalty area.

D.C. United’s Nick DeLeon left the match in the 30th minute with an apparent injury to his right leg.


Galaxy 1, Rapids 0 — Mike Magee converted a penalty five minutes into the second half, and Los Angeles took the Western Conference lead with the victory in Carson, Calif.

Earthquakes 1, Sounders 0 — In Santa Clara, Calif., Chris Wondolowski scored just before halftime to lift San Jose.

Dynamo 2, Whitecaps 1 — Warren Creavalle and Giles Barnes scored six minutes apart in the second half to help lift host Houston (2-1) over Vancouver (2-1). The win helped the Dynamo extend their home unbeaten streak to 27 games.

Impact 1, Red Bulls 0 — Marco Di Vaio scored in the 14th minute and host Montreal beat New York to improve to 4-0.

FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0 — Jackson scored a second-half goal and assisted on another to lift host FC Dallas (3-1-0).

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