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

differential tiebreaker.

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.