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MLS Game Summary - New England at Chicago



(Saturday, Nov. 2, 2009)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Chicago 2, New England 0

Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire earned a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night to take the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series from their Major League Soccer rivals, 3-2, on aggregate.

The game, which was played in front of a sellout crowd of 22,528 at Toyota Park, followed a first-leg match at New England this past weekend that was won by the Revs, 2-1.

The Fire got a first-half goal from John Thorrington and a second-half goal from Cuauhtemoc Blanco to advance to the Eastern Conference final, which they will host vs. Real Salt Lake next week.

Thorrington opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a great set-up from Marco Pappa. After Pappa took a pass from Brandon Prideaux in the New England penalty area, he drove toward goal and played an angled ball back to Thorrington, who slotting a shot just inside the far post to tie the aggregate series at two.

With the teams battling to a stalemate the next 48 minutes, second-half substitute Patrick Nyarko provided the spark that propelled the Fire to victory.

He set up Blanco's game winner by out-muscling defender Emmanuel Osei for the ball in the right corner before cutting toward goal. He then played the ball through the legs of defender Kevin Alston and slipped a pass to Blanco in the center of the six-yard box. Blanco cut away from the defense and fired a perfect shot inside the right post and under the crossbar to take a 2-0 lead in the game and a 3-2 lead in the series.

11/07 23:04:16 ET