MLS Game Summary - Columbus at Chicago|
(Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Chicago 3, Columbus 2
Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - Columbus entered its regular-season finale
with a chance to win the Eastern Conference, but left it with its postseason
positioning in doubt.
Jalil Anibaba scored twice in the first half and Diego Chaves scored the game-
winner less than a minute after the Crew had tied the game as the Chicago Fire
ended their season with a 3-2 win Saturday at Toyota Park.
Emilio Renteria and Dilly Duka scored in an 8-minute stretch late in the match
to tie the score, but Columbus was unable to finish the rally and it needs the
Houston Dynamo to lose or tie Sunday to earn a bye into the East semifinals.
Houston could move into the top three in the East and avoid the wild-card spot
with a win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on the last day of the regular season -
and make Columbus play midweek in the first round of the playoffs.
Chicago was eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week, but ended with 43
points after accumulating just two wins in its first 24 matches. The Fire won
seven of their final 10 games to move into postseason contention late.
Anibaba's first-half brace left Columbus' title hopes in doubt as he headed in
his first two goals of the season in the 11th and 30th minutes.
After Sporting Kansas City secured the East title with a 1-0 victory over D.C.
United in a game that kicked off an hour before Columbus and Chicago, the Crew
were only left to contend for second and a bye in the playoffs.
Columbus (13-13-8) notched two of the goals it needed late in the second half,
as Emilio Renteria volleyed in with his back to the goal in the 72nd and Dilly
Duka followed with the equalizer in the 80th when he slammed home a rebound.
But Chicago (9-9-16) responded to the second Columbus goal just after the kick
off, and Chaves scored to the bottom-right corner to lift the Fire to another
dramatic win. Chicago scored twice in injury time last week to top D.C., 2-1.
While Columbus will wait until Sunday night to learn its fate and its opponent
in the postseason, Chicago will try to build on its strong finish next season
to end a two-year playoff drought.
10/22 22:53:41 ET