Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire put the brakes on a
four-match winless run in league play on Sunday after posting a 2-0 result
over struggling D.C. United at Toyota Park.
Chicago got off the mark quickly with a bit of luck in the ninth minute when
Jeff Larertowicz fired a free kick from outside the area into the mixer and
the ball deflected off the leg of United midfielder Nick DeLeon and wound up
in behind goalkeeper Joe Willis for the early 1-0 lead.
D.C. United had trouble generating quality scoring chances for most of the
first half, but their best opportunity came in the 36th minute when midfielder
Dwayne De Rosario ripped a shot on target from well outside the box, but it
smashed off crossbar and stayed out.
After the break, United still could not do much in the way of offensive
chances and Chicago finally put the match away in the 85th minute.
Patrick Nyarko ran onto a loose ball on the right wing and floated it into
space for Mike Magee, who took a quick touch and ripped it past Willis for his
seventh goal of the season and first in a Chicago kit.
The result lifts the Fire to 11 points from 12 matches, while D.C. United
continues to struggle as the club is winless in 11 consecutive games and has
not won since a 1-0 result over Real Salt Lake on March 9.
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