Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Fire hands D.C. another depressing defeat
by Ridge Mahoney, May 9th, 2008 6:31AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls


[MLS/VIDEO] The momentum and the misery continued for Chicago and D.C. United, respectively, Thursday night at RFK Stadium in a game that included a brilliant long-range goal from the Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

An opportunistic finish by Justin Mapp and a long-range golazo from Blanco provided the Fire with two goals, and a staunch defensive effort led by Bakary Soumare propelled Chicago to a 2-0 win and first place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-1-1 record.

VIDEO

United's offense again wheezed and sputtered as the team's record fell to 2-5-0 and it incurred a second consecutive shutout in MLS play for the first time since May, 2005.

Missing injured midfielders Fred and Marcelo Gallardo, D.C.'s disjointed attacks seldom unlocked Chicago's snug back line. The league's toughest defense (three goals conceded in seven games) logged its fourth shutout.

Twice in the first half United misfired on shots - by Luciano Emilio and Clyde Simms - from just outside the penalty area.

Jaime Moreno, taking the playmaking role in Gallardo's absence, provided a few classy touches in the attacking third, but with Emilio seldom able to hold the ball or break clear of challenges, and Marc Burch and Santino Quaranta laboring fruitlessly on the flanks, Chicago either throttled United's attempts in midfield or repelled its crosses.

The Fire's outside backs, Gonzalo Segares and Brandon Prideaux, contained Burch and Quaranta, which allowed Diego Guiterrez and Soumare to stay tight on Franco Niell and Emilio.

With 18 minutes to play, Fire keeper Jon Busch charged down a shot by Emilio, the second of the two saves he was required to make. In the final minutes, Moreno drilled a header off the crossbar from a corner kick.

Mapp scored in 38th minute when Chad Barrett headed down a Chris Rolfe cross into a yawning gap near the penalty arc completely devoid of United players.

After Niell lost the ball near the center line, Blanco soloed up the middle unfettered before nailing a blast into the top corner from about 28 yards out.

Keeper Zach Wells kept the game close as Chicago peppered his goal in the second half.

Twice he saved from Barrett with the score 1-0 but he couldn't get anything more than a fingertip to Blanco's searing shot that earned the former Mexican international his third goal of the season, the seventh of his MLS career, and no doubt yet another Goal of the Year nominee.

May 8 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 0 Chicago 2.
Goals: Mapp (Barrett, Rolfe) 38, Blanco 62.
D.C. United - Wells, Namoff, Martinez, Peralta, Burch, Quaranta (Doe, 66), Dyachenko (Kirk, 92+), Simms, Niell, Emilio (Stratford, 83), Moreno.
Chicago - Busch, Prideaux, Gutierrez, Soumare, Segares, Thorrington, Blanco, Pause, Mapp (Woolard, 71), Barrett (Herron, 66), Rolfe (King, 85).
Yellow Cards: D.C. United - Burch 30, Dyachenko 40, Namoff 73; Chicago - Prideaux 77, Segares 92.
Referee: Terry Vaughn.
Att.: 18,605.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying    
"Everyone wants to get through the first round: That's our goal. Jurgen [Klinsmann] has said, 'Our ...
Scores PK, plows down coach, red-carded    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] In Scotland, Hearts captain Jamie Hamill converted a penalty kick against ...
Fox Sports named AYSO premier sponsor    
[SOCCER BUSINESS] The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) has concluded a wide-ranging partnership with Fox Sports, ...
U.S. U-20s fall to River Plate in Super Group final    
[DALLAS CUP] The U.S. under-20 national team dropped a 2-0 decision to River Plate in the ...
Noyola and Souza team up for first Dash victory    
[NWSL: Week 2] The expansion Houston Dash got two goals from Teresa Noyola to rally for ...
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis ...
Los Dos move into top spot    
[USL PRO: Week 5] LA Galaxy II got goals from Galaxy loan players Charlie Rugg and ...
Boyd scores twice, Bedoya adds goal in big Nantes win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Terrence Boyd scored two goals -- his first goals in seven weeks -- as ...
Girls soccer handle takes on life of its own    
[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] SoccerGirlProblems (@SoccerGrlProbs) launched in 2011 to tweet humorously about the soccer problems of ...
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Marc de Grandpre is back with the New York Red Bulls, having been hired ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives