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Patrick Mullins' hat trick leads D.C. United past 10-man Chicago Fire

Patrick Mullins scored three goals while Patrick Nyarko added a goal and two assists as D.C. United beat the 10-man Chicago Fire 6-2 on Saturday.

Mullins finished Nyarko's cross in the 40th minute to give United the lead for good at 2-1. Mullins made it 3-1 in the first minute of first-half stoppage time and struck again in the 74th for a 5-2 lead. It was the first hat trick for D.C. United since Luis Silva's in June 2014.

Luciano Acosta gave United the initial lead in the 25th minute with a close-range smash of Marcelo Sarvas' cross. Michael de Leeuw evened the score for the Fire six minutes later.

Khaly Thiam was sent off in the 34th minute when he threw the ball at Nyarko's face while Nyarko was still on the ground as a result of Thiam's tackle.

Razvan Cocis capped Chicago's scoring in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, making it 3-2 before the break. Nick DeLeon netted D.C.'s final goal in the 89th minute.

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A crucial meeting of teams scrapping for places in the MLS Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference is ahead when D.C. United play host to the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium.

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