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D.C. United fans tailgate before the game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Luis Silva's goal in the 10th minute was enough to lift United to a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium. (Pete Marovich for the Washington Times)

For first-place D.C. United, fight for relevance hinges on new stadium

"We are fighting against the Skins and the Nats and the Caps and the Wizards, and movies — we're fighting for every entertainment dollar," said United chief operating officer Tom Hunt. "So if we're going to go out into the community and speak, we need to know what we stand for and what we're going to say to people. What's going to resonate?"

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) in action during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the New York Red Bulls, at RFK Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bill Hamid, D.C. United blank Philadelphia

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United (16-9-6) snapped a three-game winless streak and beat Philadelphia for the second time in two matches this season, keeping the Union in seventh place in the East — two points shy of a playoff spot.

Seattle Sounders' Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, right, and D.C. United's Chris Pontius, left, vie for a header in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Chris Pontius healthy just in time for D.C. United stretch run

A dynamic attacking presence from the flank or up top, Pontius logged eight minutes in a loss to New York last week before playing 23 minutes Tuesday. Going into Saturday's trip to face the Chicago Fire (5-7-15), he feels he's ready to potentially push 60 minutes.

Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan celebrates after scoring a goal on a penalty kick, next to D.C. United's Bobby Boswell during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Carson, Calif. The Galaxy won 4-1. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Landon Donovan, Galaxy rout D.C. United

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Los Angeles (12-5-7) won its third straight game for the first time this season, while D.C. United (13-8-4) lost for the first time in three matches.

**FILE** D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen looks on from the bench before an MLS soccer game against the New England Revolution, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Luis Silva scores twice as D.C. United routs Rapids

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United (12-7-4) opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Taylor Kemp sent a perfect through-ball to Silva, who faked Drew Moor to the ground and chipped his shot over Clint Irwin for the early lead.

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer (14) moves on D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid (28) to score a goal during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan., Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

D.C. United defense well-represented in MLS All-Star game

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid will join United center back Bobby Boswell and right back Sean Franklin on the MLS All-Star squad that will face German champion Bayern Munich on Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.

**FILE** New England Revolution midfielder Scott Caldwell, right, holds on to D.C. United's Luis Silva (12) during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Washington. The Revolution won 2-1. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Luis Silva regains prominence with D.C. United

It's a tribute to the club's improved personnel that Silva has had to fight for minutes after starting all 13 of his appearances for United last season. But considering his production in recent weeks, it's unlikely he'll be battling for his place again anytime soon.

D.C. United, Columbus settle for scoreless draw

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The shutout, just Columbus' third of the season, prevented United (6-4-4) from leaping above the New England Revolution into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Mamadou "Futty" Danso of the Portland Timbers tries to collect the ball against DC United in action on Saturday. May 3, 2014 at Providence Park in Portland. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Jamie Francis

Portland downs D.C. United with late goal for first win

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The Timbers were winless for their first eight matches of the season for the team's longest span without a victory since 2012. The streak was concerning for a team that went all the way to the Western Conference final last season.

D.C. United's Chris Pontius shown after undergoing hamstring surgery April 23, 2014. (D.C. United via Twitter)

Chris Pontius has hamstring surgery, will miss 4-6 months

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Injuries have frequently interrupted a promising career that began when Pontius was a rookie of the year finalist in 2009. He had injury-shortened seasons in 2010 and 2011. In November, he had surgery to repair his left hamstring and sciatic nerve.