WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chris Pontius scored four minutes after halftime to lift D.C. United to a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew and give United its seventh-straight home victory.
Pontius' team-leading 10th goal pushed United (11-7-3) one win short of tying the club record of eight straight home wins, set in 1998. Three of those victories came via the league's shootout format, which was eliminated after the 1999 season.
Andy Gruenebaum made six saves for the Crew (8-8-4), who saw a two-game win streak end for the third time this season. They haven't won three straight league matches since they won four in a row in May 2010.
United remains in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Crew failed to make up ground on fifth-place Chicago - and the conference's final playoff spot.