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D.C. United gives its playoff hopes a major boost by routing Chicago

D.C. United’s playoff outlook brightened Saturday with a resounding 4-0 victory over Chicago that not only ended a three-game losing streak but pushed Wayne Rooney’s side ahead of the Fire for the last postseason berth in MLS’s Eastern Conference.

In urgent need of points entering the stretch run of the season, United roared to a three-goal lead in the first half. Christian Benteke scored for the first time in almost three months, 21-year-old Ted Ku-DiPietro continued his breakout campaign, and a bizarre own goal all but secured the outcome at Audi Field. Benteke added another goal in second-half stoppage time.