Pontius assists on Davies’ hat trick before breaking leg

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CARSON, CALIF. (AP) — Charlie Davies scored three goals as D.C. United beat Chivas USA 3-0 on Saturday night.

Midfielder Chris Pontius had assists on all three goals to help D.C. (8-7-10) jump one point ahead of New York and Portland into the last wild card playoff position.

But Pontius suffered a broken right leg from a collision in the second half. United said Sunday that Pontius has a non-displaced fracture of his right tibia.

He was hurt injured when he collided with Chivas USA’s David Junior Lopes in the 68th minute. Lopes received a red card on the play, and Pontius was taken off the field on a stretcher.

Pontius found Davies inside the 6-yard box in the 11th minute with Davies easily scoring. After a failed clearance by Chivas’ Ben Zemanski fell to Pontius in the 15th minute, he fed Davies, who scored again.

Pontius connected with Davies again in the 66th to give Davies his 11th goal of the season.

Pontius had started all 25 games this season. He has seven goals and five assists.

Chivas (7-10-11) fell three points behind United.

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