Fire 2, United 1
Diego Chaves and Sebastian Grazzini scored in stoppage time and
the Chicago Fire beat DC United 2-1 on Saturday night to preserve
their slim playoff hopes.
Chaves and Grazzini scored just minutes after Dwayne De Rosario
put United in position for the win with a 90th-minute penalty
Chicago (8-9-16) still must win in its last game, and have New
York lose, plus make up a five-goal differential in the process to
catch the Red Bulls for the 10th and final spot. D.C. United
(9-12-11) and Portland also remain in contention.
Grazzini sparked the rally, taking a layoff feed from Gonzalo
Segares and finishing past a diving Bill Hamid from about 15
Segares then set up the game winner, beating the offsides trap
to reach a ball on the left and cross to Chaves, who finished past
a stranded Hamid.
United inducted former midfielder Richie Williams, who won MLS
Cups with the team in 1996, 1997 and 1999, into its Hall of
Tradition during an on-field halftime ceremony.