United 1, Union 0

Chris Pontius scored in the 78th minute to lift D.C. United to

their fourth straight victory with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia

Union on Saturday night.

D.C. United improved to 9-4-3 and moved four points ahead of the

New York Red Bulls for first place in the Eastern Conference. It’s

their first four-game winning streak since the 2008 season.

The struggling Union (2-8-2) saw their winless skid reach six.

They haven’t won since a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA on April

21.

A sellout crowd of 18,876 showed up at PPL Park for the debut of

interim manager John Hackworth, who was elevated when Peter Nowak

stepped down on Wednesday after two-plus seasons.

Hackworth was an assistant coach under Nowak since the Union’s

inception in 2010.

But the Union sputtered again offensively and couldn’t add to

their season total of eight goals. That production is tied with

Toronto FC for last in the 19-team league.

D.C. United leads the league with 29 goals.