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D.C. United scores in stoppage time to beat Galaxy, 1-0

D.C. United scores in stoppage time to beat Galaxy, 1-0
Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers clears the ball during a game against the Chicago Fire. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

Chris Pontius scored in stoppage time, lifting D.C. United to a 1-0 victory over the L.A. Galaxy on Saturday.

Nick DeLeon made a series of nifty moves on the right wing, and then found Pontius at the far side of the 6-yard box. Pontius went low to head it past an outstretched Brian Rowe in the third extra minute for D.C. United (2-1-0).

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A scoreless first half was not without chances. Not quite eight minutes in, the Galaxy's Mika Vayrynen curled a free just kick inches wide. Then just before half, United keeper Bill Hamid made a diving save on Alan Gordon's header.

L.A.'s Leonardo was close to breaking the scoreless tie in the 53rd minute but missed just wide at the far post.

The Galaxy (1-1-2) were awarded a free kick at the top of the box at the 80 minute mark, but Hamid (five saves) gobbled up Jose Villarreal's low shot easily.

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