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Taxi Fountas notches a hat trick as D.C. United finds a much-needed win

ORLANDO — A hat trick by Taxi Fountas helped D.C. United snap a six-match winless skid with a 5-3 victory over Orlando City on Monday night at Exploria Stadium.

Two Fountas goals during a three-minute span early in the match gave United a boost toward its first win since May 7, but they weren’t all D.C. needed. After woeful defending plagued United’s backline over the past few weeks, Orlando City found itself on that end of the spectrum Monday before making a game of it in the second half.

“It’s nice to see they’ve trained really hard the past couple of weeks,” United interim coach Chad Ashton said.