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September 2, 2012
Big step up for Fire

Ramiro Corrales scored on two second-half direct free kicks to lead the San Jose Earthquakes past Chivas USA 4-0 on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Ramiro Corrales scored on two second-half direct free kicks to lead the San Jose Earthquakes past Chivas USA 4-0 on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—On a day when neither team showed any particular talent for holding the ball, the Chicago Fire took advantage of the error-prone Houston Dynamo for a 3-1 win Sunday at Toyota Park.

The win moved the Fire (13-8-5) from sixth into third place in the tightly-packed MLS East, two points ahead of Houston (11-7-9, 42 pts).

Seconds into the match, Patrick Nyarko pounced on Andre Hainault’s pass in the backfield, blew past defender Jermaine Taylor into the box and slotted a low shot past netminder Tally Hall to put the Fire up 1-0.

The Dynamo appeared to have equalized in the 13th, but Macoumba Kandji was ruled to have handled the ball on its way into the net. Six minutes later, Daniel Paladini padded the Fire lead when Sherjill MacDonald found him wide open seven yards from goal. Once again, the play started with a Houston error, when Alvaro Fernandez forced a turnover near midfield and fed the ball to MacDonald down the right side.

Brian Ching finally put Houston on the board in the 90th minute, getting position on his defender and a knee on Brad Davis’s corner kick to put the Dynamo on the board. Alex gave Chicago the last word, however, stunning Hall with a long shot off the woodwork and into the net in the third minute of stoppage time.
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FRISCO, Tex.—FC Dallas rallied to a 1-1 tie with the high-flying Seattle Sounders FC Sunday night at FC Dallas Stadium.

The Sounders took the lead the 20th minute, on a fantastic effort by Steve Zakuani. Zakuani made a run down the left side until he was almost even with the six, beating defender Zach Loyd along the way. Zakuani played the ball back to Mauro Rosales, who got behind Jair Benitez and had an easy finish past Kevin Hartman.

Dallas equalized in the 33rd minute. Blas Perez sent a cross from the right side across the mouth of the goal and Jackson tapped it in.

With the tie, FCD moves to 8-12-9 for 33 points, still four points behind the skidding Vancouver Whitecaps, who lost to Los Angeles 2-0 on Saturday, for playoff-eligible fifth place in the MLS West. With the tie, the Sounders (12-6-8) move a point ahead of the Galaxy with 44.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.—The San Jose Earthquakes scored on three booming free kicks on their way to a 4-0 dismantling of Chivas USA Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Ramiro Corrales led the Quakes with two set-piece goals, his first two goals of the year. Victor Bernardez also struck from long range, and Simon Dawkins contributed the only goal from the run of play.

Bernardez set the Goats to chasing the game in the 11th minute, sending a 40-yard free kick around the defensive wall and skipping off the turf past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and inside the left post for a 1-0 Quakes lead.

MLS Golden Boot leader Chris Wondolowski, currently mired in a 6+-game scoring drought, took the playmakers’ role on San Jose’s second goal, threading the ball to the top of the box from 20 yards for Dawkins, who took a touch in and placed a 12-yard shot past defender James Riley and Kennedy for his third goal in two games.

Corrales staked San Jose to a 3-0 lead with a stunning 25-yard free kick that cleared the six-man wall and nestled inside the right-side netting. And Corrales wasn’t finished. In the 81st minute, after Oswaldo Minda manhandled Wondolowski to the ground from behind, Corrales teed up again, this time placing a 30-yard strike into the left inside netting before the Goats could get their wall in place.

Juan Agudelo had Chivas USA’s best chances, but lost one-on-one duels with San Jose ‘keeper Jon Busch twice before halftime.

The win gives San Jose (15-6-5, 53 pts) a seven-point cushion at the top of the MLS West. Chivas lose yet another of their games in hand on their division rivals, falling to 7-11-7 (28).
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