A Furious Final Flurry Leads to Fire's Victory
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Gonzalo Segares and Wilman Conde scored in the final 10 minutes to lead the visiting Chicago Fire to a 2-1 win last night over the New England Revolution.
The goals came after New England (10-5-3) was forced to play short-handed for the final 15 minutes following a red card for midfielder Shalrie Joseph, who interfered with a throw-in by Chicago's Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
New England took the lead three minutes in after the Revolution's Taylor Twellman headed in a corner kick by Mauricio Castro. Twellman's first goal of the season came in his first start.
Segares tied the score for the Fire (7-5-5) in the 81st minute on a 35-yard shot that glanced off the hands of New England goalkeeper Matt Reis.
Conde, a defender, put the Fire ahead in the 86th minute with his first career goal. He knocked in a loose ball after Reis made an initial stop on a drive by Tomasz Frankowski.
New England, which defeated the Fire, 1-0, in last year's Eastern Conference final, has dropped three games against Chicago this season.
· WIZARDS 3, CHIVAS USA 2: Claudio López and Davy Arnaud each had a goal and an assist and Kansas City won at home.
Sasha Victorine scored his first goal in almost a year for the Wizards, who broke a three-match winless streak. Carey Talley scored two late goals for Chivas USA, which has not won in more than a month.
Victorine's goal, his first since Aug. 22 against Chicago, put the Wizards up 1-0 in the 22nd minute.
López took Matt Marquess's pass on the right side and sent a cross into the area, where Victorine knocked a sprawling header past keeper Zach Thornton from the penalty spot.
In the 44th minute, Kerry Zavagnin sent the ball over the top to Arnaud, who crossed to López at the spot for a one-timer that made it 2-0.
Arnaud put Kansas City up 3-0 in the 58th minute. He took a through ball from Aaron Hohlbein, chipped over the onrushing Thornton, then ran past the keeper and nodded the ball into the goal.
Talley scored on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, after Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman fouled Atiba Harris in the area.
· TORONTO FC 1, RAPIDS 0: Greg Sutton made 10 saves and Chad Barrett scored an unassisted goal in the 44th minute to give short-handed Toronto a road victory over Colorado.