WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Pontius scored four minutes after halftime to lift D.C. United to a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew and give United its seventh-straight home victory. Pontius' team-leading 10th goal pushed United (11-7-3) one win short of tying the club record of eight straight home wins, set in 1998. Three of those victories came via the league's shootout format, which was eliminated after the 1999 season. Andy Gruenebaum made six saves for the Crew (8-8-4), who saw a two-game win streak end for the third time this season. They haven't won three straight league matches since they won four in a row in May 2010. United remains in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Crew failed to make up ground on fifth-place Chicago -- and the conference's final playoff spot.
Barely two weeks removed from their Women's World Cup Championship victory, U.S. Women's National Team youngsters Rose Lavelle and Malory Pugh will return for the Washington Spirits' matchup against the Houston Dash on Saturday, though Lavelle may not play according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff.
Pugh scored once and had one assist in the World Cup, while Lavelle notched three goals, including the game-securing goal in the World Cup final. The pair, along with the rest of the USWNT, partied hard after their gold medal win, but now will rejoin their club team.
Lavelle is still working back from a hamstring injury that almost kept the midfielder out of the World Cup. She is unlikely to play on Saturday, but will be in attendance to greet fans and sign autographs.
Fans can watch the Spirit and the Dash face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.
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The US Women's National Team's celebration hasn't stopped.
Washington Spirit players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh traveled with their teammates to Los Angeles for the ESPY awards - and a special salute from LeBron James and Maverick Carter at an afterparty, according to footage posted on social media.
Pugh posted a photo with Lavelle from the awards show, where the team received the award for "Best Team."
Alex Morgan also won "best female athlete" at the awards show.
From a parade in NYC to the ESPYS in LA, it's been a whirlwind day for the USWNT 👏 pic.twitter.com/z3voFFnZ7o— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 2019
So when will the celebration end? If Lavelle's Instagram caption is any clue ... never.
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