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United beats Red Bulls 2-0 to pad conference lead
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D.C. United midfielder Nick DeLeon (14) and New York Red Bulls defender Roy Miller (7) attempt to head the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 31, 2014, 5:06 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) Luis Silva's goal in the 57th minute proved the difference and Eddie Johnson sealed the win in stoppage time for D.C. United's 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

United (14-8-4) extended its lead to four points over second-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference.

Bill Hamid earned his seventh shutout of the season and recorded the first assist in his five-year MLS career.

Hamid sent a long ball across midfield and Fabian Espindola flicked a header forward to Silva. Silva then beat Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to the ball and punched it forward to set up an open-net finish.

Johnson looped the ball over Robles in the 91st minute after he got behind the defense on a ball sent in from near midfield from Perry Kitchen.

New York (7-8-10) remained two points behind in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

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