Thursday, August 27, 2015

Midweek MLS Madness: Cellar dwellers prevail

Chicago Fire 3-2 New York Red Bulls
Sacha  Kljestan may have gotten New York up in the tenth minute with a penalty, but that would be the best anything would get for the Red Bulls. Kennedy Igboananike got his first of two in the 22nd to put the Fire level and Patrick Nyarko put them in the lead in the 41st. Ronald Zubar made it a game again four minutes after the beginning of the second half, but Chicago had another answer. Igboananike's second, the game winner, came in the 73rd. The still last place Fire were clear and deserved winners here. New York's only two shots on target were the two goals, and the Chicago outshot them in general 17-9. The Red Bulls miss a chance to creep forward on DC United, nut they still have three games in hand to make up the five point difference between them.

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Houston Dynamo
A first half penalty from each team paved the way for Kevin Doyle's second half winner. Colorado's Vicente Sanchez scored from the spot in the 20th and was countered by Brad Davis in the 37th. Doyle found his winner fairly late, in the 78th minute. Sean St. Ledger chipped a cross off the end line that connected with the Irishman's head for the easy goal. Once again, the three points were not enough to pull the Rapids out of last in the West. And Houston misses their opportunity to level themselves with Seattle for the final playoff spot out there.

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