Fire burns Revs playoff hopes, 3-2

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Fire burns Revs playoff hopes, 3-2

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Sebastian Grazzini, Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko scored to help the Chicago Fire beat the New England Revolution 3-2 on Sunday.

The Fire have won three of their last four Major League Soccer games. They face Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

Midfielder Ryan Guy scored two goals in the final three minutes, but New England dropped its fourth match in the last nine starts (1-4-5).

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis was whistled for tripping Nyarko in the penalty area in the fourth minute, setting up Grazzinis penalty kick score.

The Fire made it 2-0 in the ninth minute. Oduro broke through the defense, took Grazzinis feed and faked Reis before kicking the ball into an open net for his team-leading 11th goal of the year.

Nyarko capped the Chicago scoring in the 30th minute, giving the Fire their first 3-0 lead in three seasons.

Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson lost his shutout in the 90th minute. Guy chipped a shot over Johnson from 25 yards for his first goal of the year, then converted a hard shot in the first minute of stoppage time.

-- The Associated Press

Own goal gives Revolution 2-2 draw with DC United

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Own goal gives Revolution 2-2 draw with DC United

The New England Revolution took advantage of an own goal early in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.

D.C. conceded a corner kick in the 48th minute and Kelyn Rowe got two attempts. D.C. cleared the first one beyond the end line but on the second Antonio Mlinar Delamea put his head on the ball, directing it into defender Sean Franklin and deflecting past keeper Bill Hamid.

New England (2-3-3) opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Kei Kamara had a perfect cross to Lee Nguyen, who headed the ball down toward Hamid's feet, just squeezing it inside the post for his fourth goal.

D.C. (2-3-2), which had just four goals this season and had been shutout four times, scored twice in quick succession. Jared Jeffrey pounced on a ball New England failed to clear and hammered home a big shot past Cody Cooper from the top of the box. That came in the 26th and just two minutes later Sebastien Le Toux beat Cooper to the ball after a nice lead from Lloyd Sam and chipped the ball over Cooper. It was the first goals for both players.

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