'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
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
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. Goals:
CHI -- McBride
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.: