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Johnson leads United past Chivas USA 3-1

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Johnson leads United past Chivas USA 3-1
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D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson (7) eyes the ball against Columbus Crew defender Giancarlo Gonzalez, right, during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Washington. Columbus won 3-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eddie Johnson opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 25th minute and D.C. United earned a 3-1 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday night.

Johnson headed down a free kick in the 59th minute to set up Perry Kitchen for the volley finish, and Luis Silva added a third United goal in the 70th minute - his fifth goal in five games.

The victory gave United (10-5-4) 34 points, just one behind Sporting Kansas City for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. It also ended a four-game winning streak for Chivas USA (6-8-5).

Erick Torres scored in his sixth consecutive game for Chivas on a penalty kick in the 84th minute, ending Bill Hamid's shutout bid.

Hamid was starting in his 100th career game making him the youngest MLS goalkeeper to reach that milestone.

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