Crew 1, United 0
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COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) _ Jon Busch had a shutout in his first career start, and the Columbus Crew used an early goal by Brian Maissonneuve to beat D.C. United 1-0 Saturday night.
Columbus forward Brian McBride and United defender Eddie Pope played their last MLS games before joining the United States national team as it prepares for the World Cup.
Both are expected to start for the U.S. team. McBride scored the lone goal for the United States at the 1998 World Cup in France.
Maissonneuve’s header in the 15th minute was all Columbus (2-3) needed to snap a two-game losing streak and win for the first time in four tries at home, where the Crew lost only one regular-season game all of last season.
McBride centered a cross to Maisonneuve who headed the ball over D.C. goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
D.C. (2-4) remained winless in four road games and could muster little offense for the final 50 minutes, playing a man down after defender Ivan McKinley ran Busch, the 2001 A-League goalkeeper of the year, in the 40th minute.
Busch only had to make two saves.
A steady downpour created a slick field and a physical game. Seven yellow cards were issued, in addition to McKinley’s red card.