MLS Game Summary - Chicago at D.C. United|
(Saturday, June 13, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: D.C. United 2, Chicago 1
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - Jaime Moreno and Christian Gomez scored and
Josh Wicks saved a penalty kick, leading D.C. United to a 2-1 win Saturday over
the Chicago Fire and into first place in the Eastern Conference of MLS.
Moreno converted a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season and former MVP
Gomez added his second goal. Wicks denied Chicago striker Brian McBride in the
second half on a penalty kick and United held on for their second straight win.
Chicago (5-3-6) opened the season with an 11-game unbeaten streak, but lost its
third straight to fall out of first place. D.C. (5-2-7) has lost just one time
in its last 10 games, on a questionable PK in the closing minutes of a 2-1 loss
to New England.
Two more questionable penalty kicks helped decide the clash between the Eastern
Conference leaders at RFK Stadium. D.C. took advantage of both, with Moreno the
first to strike midway through the opening half.
Chicago goalie Jon Busch was called for a foul on United's Chris Pontius, even
though the two didn't collide until well after Pontius had taken a shot. Moreno
watched Busch dive to the right post, and easily slotted the other way to hand
United the lead in the 24th minute.
McBride had a few chances to level for Chicago, but he headed well wide and hit
the side netting on back-to-back chances in the six minutes following Moreno's
Chicago did answer, though, when Marco Pappa scored his fourth goal of the year
in the 33rd. Tim Ward and John Thorrington set up the goal, and Pappa converted
with a left-footed shot into the left side.
United was back on top less than 10 minutes later, however, with Gomez curling
a free kick into the upper-right from 23 yards out.
McBride had a chance to erase Gomez's strike four minutes into the second half
after Wicks was called for a questionable foul in the area while contesting a
shot by Chicago's Patrick Nyarko.
The former U.S. international couldn't match Moreno, though. McBride picked out
the bottom-left corner, but Wicks dove that way and deflected the ball to save
United's Ange N'Silu, who replaced an injured Moreno in the first half, had the
next good chance for D.C. in the 61st but Busch charged out to make a save. The
rebound found Gomez outside the area, but his quick shot hit the crossbar.
Thorrington nearly equalized for Chicago in the 66th but his free kick hit the
left post on his side's last good chance to escape with a draw.
Wicks finished with five saves for D.C. Busch made two stops for the Fire.
Chicago has to wait until July 4 when it visits the Colorado Rapids to try and
end its skid, while D.C. starts a two-game week when it visits Seattle Sounders
FC on Wednesday before playing at Colorado on June 20.
06/13 22:09:22 ET