FC Dallas 2, Fire 1
Jackson and Daniel Cruz each scored to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1
victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night, clinching a spot
in the MLS Cup playoffs.
The loss put the Fire on the verge of missing the playoffs. They
can still match New York and Houston with 43 points by winning
their last two starts. Chicago would still be behind on the goal
Dallas controlled the flow of the game from the start, and the
pressure paid off with Jackson’s goal in the 41st minute. He took a
long pass from Ugo Ihemelu, beat Fire defender Jalil Anibaba and
left-footed a low shot past goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Cruz made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute, putting a bicycle kick past
Johnson. That became the game-winner when Chicago’s Sebastian
Grazzini beat Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman with a curling 16-yard
shot in the 86th minute.