Wednesday night: Last-place MLS teams sweep

Chicago and Colorado, last in the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, both won on Wednesday night to move within striking distance of the top six in their respective conferences. The Fire overcame a bit of illegal trickery by the New York Red Bulls on their tying goal for a 3-2 win.

The Fire's win over the Red Bulls moved it to within two points of sixth-place Montreal, but it has played three more games. The gap between Colorado, a 2-1 winner over Houston, and sixth-place Seattle in the Western Conference is now only five points but the Rapids have a game in hand.

The Red Bulls had tied the game on a goal by Ronald Zubar off a corner kick. Lloyd Sam had pretended to give way for Sacha Kljestan to take the corner. Kljestan acted like was waiting to take the corner kick, then ran at the Fire defense on the dribble before rolling a pass through the Fire defense to Zubar.

What the Fire defense didn't realize was that Sam had touched the ball to put it in play. In a post-game review of the play, PRO told MLSSoccer.com that an indirect free kick should have actually been awarded to the Fire because Sam touched the ball more than once.

Kevin Doyle's goal in the 79th minute decided the Colorado-Houston game. The Dynamo finished a three-game road swing with just one point, conceding all five goals after the 65th minute.

MLS, Week 26 Results:
Wednesday, August 26
Chicago 3 NY Red Bulls 2.
NY: Sacha Kljestan pen. 10
CHI: Kennedy Igboananike (Gilberto) 22
CHI: Patrick Nyarko (Mike Stephens, Gilberto) 41
NY: Ronald Zubar (Sacha Kljestan) 50
CHI: Kennedy Igboananike (David Accam, Eric Gehrig) 73
Att.: 11,196.



Colorado 2 Houston 1.
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 20
HOU: Brad Davis pen. 37
COL: Kevin Doyle (Sean St. Ledger, Dillon Serna) 79
Att.: 10,439.

MLS, Week 26 Schedule:
Friday, August 28
San Jose vs. LA Galaxy, 11 p.m. ET (UniMas)
Saturday, August 29
Toronto FC vs. Montreal, 4 p.m. ET
New York City vs. Crew SC, 7 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. New England, 7 p.m. ET
Orlando City vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. Sporting KC, 9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. ET
Houston vs. Vancouver, 9 p.m. ET
Sunday, August 30
Seattle vs. Portland, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN)
NY Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, 7 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1)

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE

PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA

44 (27) D.C. United 13-9-5 35/31
39 (24) NY Red Bulls 11-7-6 40/28
38 (26) Crew SC 10-8-8 43/43
34 (24) Toronto FC 10-10-4 42/41
34 (25) New England 9-9-7 34/36
28 (22) Montreal 8-10-4 29/32
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28 (26) New York City 7-12-7 37/44
28 (26) Orlando City 7-12-7 32/46
27 (26) Philadelphia 7-13-6 33/43
26 (25) Chicago 7-13-5 30/37

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
46 (26) LA Galaxy 13-7-7 49/32
45 (26) Vancouver 14-9-3 38/26
40 (24) Sporting KC 11-6-7 39/33
40 (26) Portland 11-8-7 28/30
38 (24) FC Dallas 11-8-5 33/30
35 (26) Seattle 11-13-2 30/29
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35 (25) San Jose 10-10-5 31/29
32 (26) Houston 8-10-8 33/34
32 (26) Real Salt Lake 8-10-8 29/38
30 (25) Colorado 7-9-9 23/26

Leading MLS Scorers:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
18 Kei Kamara (Crew SC)
17 Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
15 David Villa (New York City)
15 Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)
12 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
11 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
11 Bradley Wright-Phillips
(NY Red Bulls)
10 Will Bruin (Houston)
10 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
9 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
9 Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)
9 Chris Rolfe (D.C. United)
9 Charlie Davies
(New England)
9 Kaka
(Orlando City)
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