MLS Game Summary - D.C. United at Chicago|
(Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: D.C. United 1, Chicago 1
Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - Chicago set a new Major League Soccer record
Thursday night with its 15th tie of the season, and with 10 matches to go, the
Fire could put the mark out of reach.
Sebastian Grazzini scored in the 59th minute for Chicago, but the Fire allowed
a 73rd-minute goal from Josh Wolff to settle for a 1-1 tie against D.C. United
at Toyota park.
Chicago broke the old record set just last season by FC Dallas, but unlike the
2010 MLS Cup runner-up, the Fire have not nearly as many wins. Dallas also won
12 games last season.
The Fire (2-7-15) have just two victories all year - and one at home - and are
last in the Eastern Conference on just 21 points from 24 games. Only expansion
Vancouver Whitecaps FC has fewer points with 18.
D.C. became the ninth team to reach 10 draws this year, meaning half the clubs
have already reached double digits and six of the remaining eight enter a full
weekend of matches sitting on nine ties.
United (7-6-10) improved to 3-1-4 in its last eight, and moved into a tie with
Red Bull New York for fifth in the tight Eastern Conference, as both clubs are
just six points back of the first-place Columbus Crew.
Chicago was the better side in the opening 45 minutes, as Dominic Oduro forced
a number of saves from United goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Oduro forced a save early
and hit the post in the 14th.
Marco Pappa forced a save from Hamid midway through the half, and Oduro marked
his forgetful first half when he missed a tap-in at the left post in the 43rd.
Hamid was injured on the final play of the first half, and left the match with
a hamstring injury. Steve Cronin started the second, playing just second match
of the season, and Chicago beat the backup in the 59th.
United failed to clear a ball from the middle of the box and it dropped toward
an open Grazzini, who struck a left-footed volley from 12 yards for his second
goal in four matches with the Fire.
But the Fire failed to stop ex-Chicago player Wolff, who came off the bench to
score for United with under 20 minutes to go. Santino Quaranta slide a pass to
Wolff, who stayed just onside, and then sent a shot off the bar and in for his
fifth goal of the season.
Neither side created a true scoring chance over the closing minutes of regular
time and four minutes of stoppage time, and United left with an important road
point while the Fire settled for yet another draw.
Both teams return to MLS play Sunday, with Chicago hosting Toronto FC and D.C.
visiting Sporting Kansas City.
08/18 23:28:30 ET