Friday, October 14, 2011

Mid-Week Recap Week 31

The mid-week games saw Dallas get back to their winning ways while Vancouver took down DC United. Playoff hopes were diminished for both Eastern Conference teams. Here's Pedro Gomes with the mid-week recap.

Chicago Fire 1, FC Dallas 2

Dallas traveled to Chi-Town looking to cement a place in the post-season against a recently resurgent Chicago Fire squad who were looking to keep their play-off hopes alive. 10,362 fans showed their support at Toyota Park in a mid-week tilt.  Dallas nearly jumped ahead in the 2’ but Jackson redirected a nice Marvin Chavez pass just wide of the right post.  Only minutes later the role was reversed as Chavez missed a quality chance of his own. 
Dallas kept applying pressure but an incredible save by Fire Keeper, Sean Johnson and then a goal line clearing save by defender Dan Gargan kept the score level a 0-0. Dallas broke the dead-lock in the 41’ when Jackson found space behind the defense on a throw-in and sent a low dribbler from the left side of the box past Johnson and into the far-side netting.  Dallas made it 2-0 in the 53’ off a Ricardo Villar corner. Zach Lloyd got a head on it but it was kept out and the rebound was bicycled in by Daniel Cruz just yards from net.  The Fire’s Sebastian Grazzini pulled one back for the Fire in the 85’ with a beautiful right-footed curler that found the upper 90. The Fire couldn’t find an equalizer and with the 3 points Dallas clinched a play-off berth and the Fire are all but out of the Post-Season.

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Vancouver Whitecaps 2, DC United 0

DC United traveled to Vancouver in hopes of earning some much needed points in order to fight their way back into a wild card spot. Vancouver played the role of rude host by burying a goal before most players even broke a sweat. Vancouver’s Camilo got on the end of a Jordan Harvey cross from the left side of the field in the first minute and one-timed it past Bill Hamid for the quick 1-0 lead.
Then it seemed like De-Ja-Vu for DC right after the break. They conceded another quick goal, this time in the 46’ when Long Tan got on the end of an Alain Rochat cross and headed it off the cross bar and into the goal for a 2-0 Vancouver lead. That was Tan’s first career goal in MLS and the first goal scored by a Chinese born player.  DC replied with a goal of their own in the 57’ when Brandon McDonald headed home a Santino Quaranta free kick. However, Vancouver was able to hang on to the 2-1 lead, much to the delight of the 17,288 fans in attendance. With the loss DC’s play-off hopes got a little more difficult.

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