MLS Game Summary - Chicago at San Jose

(Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Chicago 3, San Jose 0

Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win at the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer action on Wednesday night.

Steven Kinney, Freddie Ljungberg and Patrick Nyarko all scored their first respective goals of the season to lead the Fire to victory. Ljungberg also added two assists along with Nyarko's one.

Kinney made it 1-0 in the 39th minute when he headed home a Ljungberg driven corner kick.

The goal was the first for the Fire (7-10-8) in 401 minutes, while it was also the first that San Jose had given up in its last five home games.

That was how the score stayed until Ljungberg and Nyarko teamed up in the 72nd minute. Ljungberg took a pass from Nyarko at the top of the San Jose penalty area, burst through two defenders and fired home for his first goal in a Fire uniform.

The assist was Nyarko's team-leading eight of the season.

Nyarko added a third goal in second-half stoppage time when he took a pass from Ljungberg in the area and ripped a shot past Jon Busch.

The Fire, who sit 11th in the league table, will try to gain ground on the top eight when they host the Loa Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, while San Jose (11-8-6) travels to Columbus on Saturday in its next MLS fixture.

09/30 01:17:04 ET