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Written by Patrick Echatah

Christian Benteke helped D.C. United defeat Atlanta United 3-2 on Saturday night with three goals (his second hat trick of the season) and two assisted from Jared Stroud.


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With three multi-goal games this season, Benteke is tied with Luis Suárez of Inter Miami for the most goals in Major League Soccer (MLS) with 11.

Early in the second half, D.C. United drew the score with an own goal, but in the 55th minute, Mateusz Klich’s corner kick was headed in by Benteke to give them the lead for good.

Since defeating the Chicago Fire 3-0 on March 31, Atlanta (3-5-3) has lost six straight games. In the 44th minute, D.C. United (4-3-5) took a 2-1 lead thanks to a low cross sent by Stoud on the right side of the penalty area. Benteke made a one-touch entry after the cross and it snuck inside the back post.

In the sixteenth minute, Atlanta took the lead 1-0 when Thiago Almada scored from the penalty spot.

In the 19th, Benteke headed home the game-winning goal from the top of the 6-yard box after Stround sprinted down the right side and onto a ball provided by Aaron Herrera.

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Meanwhile…

Brazilian winger Célio Pompeu has signed a new deal with St. Louis CITY SC, the team announced on Friday

With a club option for 2027, the 24-year-old Brazilian is now signed through the 2026 MLS season.

“We are proud to see Célio’s growth through our pipeline”, sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel said in a press release. “He has grown as a professional, both on and off the field, and to reap the rewards with a new contract was something he worked really hard for. Celio continues to elevate his game each and every day and we hope that he doesn’t stop raising the bar.”

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