Jason Garey and Adam Moffat scored for Columbus late in the first half, on either side of Frankie Hejduk’s own goal, and the Crew beat the Chicago Fire, 2-1, on Saturday night in Ohio.
Columbus took over the lead in the Eastern Conference with 27 points. Chicago lost for the first time in six MLS games.
Moffat opened the scoring in the 43rd after poking the ball away from goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra for a tap-in. Hejduk, a former United States World Cup player, headed Baggio Husidic’s cross into his own net a minute later.
Garey’s diving header in the second minute of stoppage time, off Eddie Gaven’s pass, put the Crew back on top.
At FC Dallas 1, Wizards 0: David Ferreira scored on a penalty for his third goal in four games and gave Kansas City its fifth loss in six MLS road games this season.
Ferreira drew the foul in the 57th minute when was taken down by Kansas City defender Roger Espinoza while trying to corral a pass from Jair Benitez.
Ferreira drilled the ball into the upper right corner as K.C. goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen dove the other way, for his second penalty goal of the year.
Union 1, at Chivas USA 1: Blair Gavin scored in the 42nd minute to give Chivas USA a draw with Philadelphia.
Chivas USA broke a six-game losing streak against Major League Soccer opponents. The Union has one win in its past four games, a 3-1 victory over Seattle..
D.C. United 1, at Earthquakes 1: Rookie Andy Najar scored in the 54th minute, volleying home a cross from Stephen King at the far post for his second career MLS goal to beat San Jose. The 17-year-old joined D.C. United from the team’s academy before the season.
San Jose rookie Ike Opara put the Earthquakes up in the 16th minute, cleaning up a deflection after San Jose’s Ramiro Corrales and D.C. United’s Juan Manuel Peña battled for a corner. Opara’s right-footed shot from 10 yards out sneaked between goalkeeper Troy Perkins.