Chicago forward Ante Razov converted a 26th-minute penalty kick to lead the Fire to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Mile High Stadium last night. With the win, defending MLS Cup champion Chicago moves to within one point of both Colorado and Dallas in the Western Conference standings, as all three teams battle Los Angeles for playoff positioning with their final regular season contests this weekend.
Razov's penalty kick attempt was created by Fire midfielder Peter Nowak, who collected the rebound of a sprawling save by Colorado goalkeeper Ian Feuerand and sent a 15-yard blast toward the goal. Rapids defender Peter Vermes was whistled and received a yellow card for the inadvertent handball, which blocked Nowak's shot, and Razov stepped up for the spot kick and scored his 13th goal of the season.
Colorado suffered its ninth scoreless game of the season, as the team set a new MLS record by failing to find the back of the net for 409 consecutive minutes, breaking the MetroStars' futility mark of 375 minutes set this season. The Rapids' offense has scored just three goals in the team's last 12 games, posting a 6-6 mark and earning just nine points over that span while falling from first to third in the Western Conference.
CLASH 1, WIZARDS 0: Mauricio Solis scored in the 54th minute to lead San Jose to the home victory.