Wizards win to stay in the hunt

[MLS] Kansas City staved off elimination from the playoff chase by beating the Chicago Fire, 2-0, at Toyota Park Tuesday night with goals by Teal Bunbury and Davy Arnaud.

The Wizards also hit the woodwork twice as they outshot Chicago, 15-7, and kept alive, barely, their postseason hopes. Kansas City (10-12-6, 36 points) is six points behind Colorado (11-8-9), which occupies the eighth and last available remaining playoff spot. Only if KC wins its final two games and the Rapids lose both of theirs can the Wizards edge into the playoffs on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Bunbury set up Arnaud for his goal a minute into first-half stoppage time with a ball into space on the left flank. Arnaud’s curling shot beat Fire keeper Andy Dykstra for his sixth goal of the season. Josh Wolff set up the clincher for Bunbury in the 80th minute with another defense-splitting pass that the rookie slammed past Dykstra from close range.

The loss dropped Chicago’s home record to 4-4-6, the second-worst mark in MLS. It had already been eliminated from the playoffs and will miss the postseason for the first time since 2004 and only the second time in its 13-year history.

On Saturday, both Kansas City and Colorado are on the road. The Wizards play at New England and the Rapids are in Southern California to face the top-seeded Galaxy.

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