DC United's Nick DeLeon has hamstring strain, expected to miss 6 weeks

D.C. United’s goal-challenged attack took another hit on Tuesday with the announcement that winger Nick DeLeon has a strained right hamstring and will miss “about six weeks,” according the club.

The second-year man pulled up lame in the 27th minute of this past Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Columbus and had to be replaced by Kyle Porter.

The loss of the speedy 22-year-old couldn’t come at a worse time for United, whose sputtering offense has generated only two goals through four matches, tied for the second-worst total in the league.

The 2012 Rookie of the Year runner-up was D.C.’s fourth-leading scorer last season with six goals and four assists in 28 games. He memorably scored the decisive goal in the second leg of last fall’s Eastern Conference semifinals at Red Bull Arena.

United have a bye this weekend, then return to action on March 4 when they travel to face Sporting Kansas City