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D.C. United blank Houston Dynamo 2-0, climb to second in Eastern Conference

(Via Houston Dynamo) Chris Rolfe scored in the first half and Fabian Espindola added a goal in the second half as D.C. United defeated the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, on Wednesday at RFK Stadium.

The Dynamo (5-6-2; 17 points) are tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City, three points behind conference leading New England Revolution and one point back of United.

Houston continues its two-city road trip on Sunday night against the San Jose Earthquakes.

With the win, United snapped a five-game losing streak against Houston.

The Dynamo were dealt misfortune early on as rookie forward Mark Sherrod went down with a left leg injury in the ninth minute after he fought for a ball near the endline against former Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell.

Sherrod, who had two goals and an assist in his last two games, was replaced by Brian Ownby.

United’s opening goal began with a throw-in from its own half. Lewis Neal threw to Espindola, who turned Jermaine Taylor at midfield and broke forward, threading a pass to Rolfe, who slalomed at the top of the box against David Horst before driving a left-footed shot into the low-far corner for a 1-0 lead.

Giles Barnes nearly provided the equalizer in the 44th minute. The midfielder waited for a ball to bounce out of the penalty area and drove a left-footed half-volley toward goal that required a diving save from D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

United’s second goal also began as a counter attack. Barnes struck a shot from 30 yards that was blocked by D.C., with the ball falling to Rolfe, who used one touch to spring Espindola with a forward ball. The Argentine drove forward and cut to his left before finishing from 15 yards for a 2-0 lead.

Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco entered the game in the 69th minute and nearly scored within a minute. He took a pass from Kofi Sarkodie in the middle of the field and cracked a knuckling shot from 30 yards that forced Hamid into a late save.

The Dynamo were reduced to 10 players in second-half stoppage time as Ownby was issued a red card after raising his hand near the face of United defender Christian Fernandez.

The Dynamo continue a three-game road stretch when they meet the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. CT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.