Mar 10, 2013 at 12am UK at ​RFK Stadium
DC United
1-0
Salt LakeReal Salt Lake

Result: DC United go top of Eastern Conference

Brian Ching and Perry Kitchen in the MLS Playoff
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DC United move to the top of the Eastern Conference with a relatively comfortable 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

DC United have gone top of the Eastern Conference in the MLS with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

After a tight opening 20 minutes, the home team created the first chance of the game, but Nick DeLeon headed wide after good work from Perry Kitchen.

Chris Pontius had an even better chance for DC 10 minutes later, but his left-footed shot was saved well by Nick Rimando.

DeLeon missed with another effort, this time a shot from outside the box, just before half time and the teams went in level at the break.

The second half began in the same way as the first, with few real chances on either side. That was until the 60th minute, when Lionard Pajoy rose highest to head home a corner and give DC the lead.

It could have been two shortly after but Kyle Porter's long-range effort was tipped over by Rimando.

The away team pushed hard for an equaliser with a series of corners and free kicks as the game moved into the final stages, but failed to really test DC's goalkeeper.

United almost made it 2-0 on the counter-attack in the final minute but Carlos Ruiz's shot was saved well.

It didn't matter, though, as DC took all the points to move to the top of the conference with several other teams yet to play in this round of games.

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