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Ties costly for Fire and Revs, hopes fade for 'terrible' 'Caps
by Paul Kennedy, September 29th, 2013 2:44AM
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[MLS REWIND: Week 31] Mike Magee scored two more goals to give him 18 for the season, but he'll rue the missed penalty kick that could have put the Chicago Fire's game against Montreal away late in the second half.

Instead of the three points that would have moved the Fire into the playoff zone, it had to settle for one point when Maxim Tissot and equalized for the Impact in the 87th minute and the teams shared the points in a 2-2 tie.

Magee's two goals in the 57th and 73rd minutes left him one behind Marco Di Vaio, who had the first goal for Montreal, but he missed a chance for a hat trick when his penalty kick hit the crossbar in the 79th minute. A few minutes later, Juan Luis Anangono hit the post and then fed Magee, whose shot was cleared off the line by Hassoun Camara. Tissot took advantage of some horrible defending by the Chicago defense and nodded a header inside the far post for the equalizer that snapped a two-game losing streak.

New England's 1-1 tie with Houston was also costly as it would have jumped two spots into fourth place with a win. Will Bruin's goal 12 minutes after Saer Sene put the Revs ahead 12 minutes earlier kept the Dynamo in fourth place, two ahead of Philadelphia, whose 1-0 win at Sporting KC on Friday, moved it into the playoff zone, three ahead of the Revs and four ahead of the Fire.

Vancouver lost at home, 1-0, to Real Salt Lake, which was fielding a reserve team with its Open Cup final against D.C, United scheduled for Tuesday. The loss left the 'Caps four points below the red zone with four games to play. Vancouver coach Martin Rennie didn't mince his words after the game.

"I think it was a terrible performance from everybody," he said, "and that means it's a terrible performance from the coach as well. It's a real, real letdown and way below our standard."

The win moved RSL back into the lead in the Western Conference by one point over Seattle, though the Sounders have three games in hand.

Like RSL, D.C. United fielded a reserve team, though it didn't joy the same success, falling to Toronto FC, 4-1. The loss left it with as many wins in the Open Cup -- three -- as in 30 MLS games.

MLS RESULTS, Week 31:
Saturday, September 28
Toronto FC 4 D.C. United 1
DCU: Jared Jeffrey 15
TFC: Darel Russell 25
TFC: Bright Dike (Mark Bloom) 67
TFC: Conor Shanosky (own goal) 71
TFC: Alvaro Rey (Justin Braun) 87
Att.: 15,879.
                         
Saturday, September 28

Vancouver 0 Real Salt Lake 1
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Lovel Palmer) 9
Att.: 21,000.

Saturday, September 28

New England 1 Houston 1
NE: Saer Sene (Lee Nguyen) 64
HOU: Will Bruin (Boniek Garcia) 76
Att.: 21,297.

Saturday, September 28

Chicago 2 Montreal 2.
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Davy Arnaud) 25
CHI: Mike Magee 57
CHI: Mike Magee 73
MTL: Maxim Tissot  87
Att.: 18,173.

Chicago-Montreal Highlights:


Friday, September 27
Sporting KC 0 Philadelphia 1.
PHI: Conor Casey 36
Att.: 19,243.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 31:
Sunday, September 29
3:30 p.m. ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBC
8:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Columbus
9 p.m ET
Seattle vs. New York ESPN
11 p.m ET
Chivas USA vs. San Jose UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-

51 (30) New York 15-9-6 47/36
48 (30) Sporting KC 14-10-6 43/29
46 (29) Montreal 13-9-7 48/44
44 (30) Houston 12-10-8 38/37
42 (30) Philadelphia 11-10-9 38/39
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41 (30) New England 11-11-8 42/34
40 (30) Chicago 11-12-7 38/45
38 (30) Columbus 11-14-5 36/39
26 (31) Toronto FC 5-15-11 29/45
15 (30) D.C. United 3-21-6 20/51

Western Conference:
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/-
51 (31) Real Salt Lake 15-10-6 54/39
50 (28) Seattle 15-8-5 38/28
46 (29) Portland 11-5-13 45/31
45 (29) LA Galaxy 13-10-6 46/36
45 (30) Colorado 12-9-9 37/31
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41 (30) Vancouver 11-11-8 42/39
41 (30) San Jose 11-11-8 31/41
40 (29) FC Dallas 10-9-10 40/42
26 (30) Chivas USA 6-16-8 29/45
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
19+1 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
18+2 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
16 Camilo (Vancouver)
12 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
11 Diego Fagundez (New England)
11 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
10+1 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
10 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
10 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
10 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
10 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)


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