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Mullins scores 3 as United beats Fire

D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins heads the ball in front of Montreal Impact defender Donny Toia during the second half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) Patrick Mullins scored three goals, Patrick Nyarko had a goal and two assists and 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 (7-8-11) 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 did it 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 (5-12-8) on a putback six minutes later.

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