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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

Associated Press

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.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with Real Madrid's Marcelo after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League Group B soccer match between Real Madrid and Basel at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Champions League roundup: Real Madrid opens defense with rout

- Associated Press

Madrid’s win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club’s domestic season. Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions’ victory.

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Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa from Japan watches during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Schalke won the derby with 2-1. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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- Associated Press

Lionel Messi's 400th and 401st Barcelona goals helped him edge out teammate Neymar by a point to take leading player honors in The Associated Press global football poll on Tuesday.

Nepal football chief accused of embezzlement

- Associated Press

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Austria makes no changes for Euro 2016 qualifiers

- Associated Press

Austria will go into the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Moldova and Montenegro next week with the same team that drew 1-1 with Sweden in its first Group G match.