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Blanco slays luckless Revs
by Paul Kennedy, July 16th, 2009 7AM



Cuauhtemoc Blanco's goal on a 25-yard free kick in the second half gave the visiting Chicago Fire a 2-1 victory over the defending champion New England Revolution and moved it into the final of the 2009 SuperLiga against Tigres, a 3-2 winner over Santos in Wednesday's other semifinal at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs' recent troubles with Chicago continued as it pounded the Fire goal with a season-high 23 shots but could put one goal past Jon Busch --  Lithuanian forward Edgaras Jankauskas' first goal since arriving in New England -- and Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally and Kheli Dube all hit the woodwork.

Blanco set up Brian McBride for the first Fire goal in the first half and scored the winner after McBride was fouled outside the penalty area.

Chicago will host Tigres on Aug. 5 in the final of the third edition of the MLS-FMF competition.

The Revs still haven't beaten Chicago since the 2007 Eastern Conference championship game -- a span of seven games.

Tigres won the nightcap on goals by Jesus Molina, Kikin Fonseca and Itamar Batista.

The Monterrey club features American Edgar Castillo, which is acquired on loan from Club America for the 2009 Apertura.

July 15 in Foxborough, Mass.
New England 2 Chicago 1.
CHI -- McBride (Blanco) 34
NE -- Jankauskas (Tierney) 44
CHI -- Blanco 63
New England -- Reis, Tierney (Dube 77), Larentowicz, Barnes, Alston, Mansally, Phelan, Ralston, Nyassi (Thompson 83), Videira (Colaluca 67), Jankauskas
Chicago -- Busch, Woolard, Brown, Soumare, Ward, Pappa (Banner 82), Thorrington, Husidic, Rolfe (Nyarko 70), Blanco, McBride
Referee: Paul Ward
Att.: 7,215.

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