Saturday, July 2, 2016

It Happened in America: Fire get rare win over San Jose

Chicago Fire 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes should really feel a bit let down by this trip to the Windy City. They had their stars back from their Copa America duty and could only muster up six total shots against the league's worst side while actually holding nearly 60% possession. Meanwhile, the Fire went in front on John Goossens first MLS goal in the 58th minute. It was sort of a bumbling shot from distance that David Bingham really would like to have back. Not that the Quakes' keeper didn't have himself a good game. He made a couple of nice saves to keep the Fire from running away with it, but it wasn't enough to get his attack motivated to find any goals in support.

The win does nothing to the Fire's last place misery. They are still two points clear in the Eastern cellar behind Columbus.

Real Salt Lake 1-1 D.C. United
D.C. United are about as much of a wild card as you can get these days. A little more tactical creativity led them to a win last week, but they figured to need a lot more than that to get a win over the Supporters Shield contending Real Salt Lake. This game was RSL's to lose the whole way. They took 20 shots, but the only one that found the net was Juan Manuel Martinez's in the 57th minute. He was able to cut through some lazy United defenders after a counter attack more or less broke down to score the opener. They looked to be holding on, too, had it not been for Jared Jeffrey's equalizer at the buzzer. His 92nd minute header off the corner assured his side of a big point on the road.

United still sits in fifth place in the East, behind Montreal on goal difference.

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