August 13, 2012
Galaxy rout Chivas 4-0, Fire gain ground with 3-1 win
CHICAGO FIRE 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
|Chris Rolfe scored two goals to lead the Chicago Fire to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
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CHESTER, Pa.—Chris Rolfe scored two goals to lead the Chicago Fire to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park Sunday night.
The win improved the Fire record to 11-7-5 with 38 points, moving them ahead of DC United into fourth place in the MLS East. Philadelphia drops to 7-12-3 with 23 points.
The Union took the lead in the 34th minute. Freddy Adu sent a cross from deep on the right side into the area looking for Chandler Hoffman. Hoffman got in front of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who slipped to the ground. The ball skipped off Hoffman’s head and hit Fire defender Jalil Anibaba. At first the goal was credited to Hoffman, then changed to Adu, then finally corrected to an own goal.
The euphoria at PPL Park didn’t last very long. Nine minutes later, Anibaba played a ball down the right side to Sherjill MacDonald. MacDonald took the ball along the end line and slipped it into the penalty area for Chris Rolfe to tap in.
Less than two minutes later, in stoppage time, the Fire took a 2-1 lead. Marco Pappa took a corner kick from the right side and Arne Freidrich beat netminder Zac MacMath with a header to the near post.
The Fire added another goal in the 56th minute. This time, Rolfe broke past a Union defender on the right side and teed up a shot from the corner of the penalty area. MacMath got a hand on the ball as it whizzed past him and into the net.
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MONTREAL IMPACT 1, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The New England Revolution’s misfortunes continued on Sunday night as the expansion Montreal Impact (10-13-3, 33 points) sent the Revolution (6-12-5, 23 points) to their third straight loss, extending their winless streak to six games and putting them further off course for the postseason.
Sanna Nyassi, who scored the game-winner when Montreal defeated the Revolution 2-1 at Stade Saputo on July 18th, was once again the instrument of defeat, entering after intermission and delivering an unassisted goal just after the hour mark as the Impact triumphed 1-0 at Gillette Stadium.
The Gambian international took the ball off Benny Feilhaber’s feet in the Montreal end and then blazed box to box through the New England defense, turning A.J Soares around before firing into the roof of the net from just outside the eighteen-yard box.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY 4, CHIVAS USA 0
CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy calimed the SuperClasico season series for the seventh time in eight years with a 4-0 rout of Chivas USA at Home Depot Center.
Landon Donovan notched a career-best four assists up as L.A.
The fifth-place Galaxy (11-11-3) took a huge step toward a playoff berth, opening a 10-point lead on the sixth-place Goats (7-9-5) and climbing within a point of Seattle and Vancouver in a tight battle for third in the Western Conference.
Donovan, set up Robbie Keane in the first half and Juninho twice in the second before Omar Gonzalez finished his corner kick in the 83rd minute to complete the rout.
Keane's goal, in the 27th minute, came off a quick attack, with Donovan feeding the Irishman in midfield, then racing toward the box for a diagonal return pass. Dan Kennedy was able to poke it away, but Donovan collected the ball on the retreat, then found Keane in space just above the 6-yard box. Keane took a touch and hammered the ball home.
Juninho made it 2-0 in the 64th, a curling shot from 22 yards, and netted another 10 minutes later, finishing Donovan's cross to the right post after a Gonzalez run pulled defenders toward the middle.
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