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Fire Vs. Revolution: Chicago Manages Only 2 Shots On Goal, Loses 2-0

The Chicago Fire hit the road to take on the New England Revolution on Saturday night, but they could not overcome the New England defense and lost 2-0.

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MLS Standings 2012: Chicago Fire Sit 9 Points Out Of First Place

The Chicago Fire (5-5-3, 18 points) sit in a points tie with the Columbus Crew (5-4-3, 18 points) -- despite having a negative goal difference. The Fire, currently stuck in a two-match losing streak, have allowed 2 goals more than they scored on the season, with a total of 15 scored and 17 allowed.


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The D.C. United sit atop the Eastern Conference with 27 points, closely followed by the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City. Here is a look at the full 2012 MLS Standings, courtesy of the MLS official website:

# Club PTS GP W L T GF GA GD Home Away Last 5
1 D.C. United 27 15 8 4 3 28 19 9 6-1-2 2-3-1 W-L-W-W-W
2 New York Red Bulls 26 13 8 3 2 26 18 8 4-0-2 4-3-0 W-W-W-W-T
3 Sporting Kansas City 25 12 8 3 1 17 10 7 5-1-0 3-2-1 L-L-L-T-W
4 Columbus Crew 18 12 5 4 3 13 13 0 3-2-1 2-2-2 T-W-T-W-W
5 Chicago Fire 18 13 5 5 3 15 17 -2 3-1-2 2-4-1 W-L-W-L-L
6 New England Revolution 16 13 5 7 1 18 18 0 4-1-1 1-6-0 L-W-T-L-W
7 Houston Dynamo 16 12 4 4 4 13 15 -2 2-0-1 2-4-3 W-T-T-W-L
8 Montreal Impact 12 13 3 7 3 15 21 -6 2-1-2 1-6-1 W-W-T-L-L
9 Philadelphia Union 8 11 2 7 2 8 14 -6 1-3-1 1-4-1 L-L-L-T-L
10 Toronto FC 3 10 1 9 0 8 21 -13 1-5-0 0-4-0 L-L-L-L-W

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MLS Standings 2012: Fire Clinging Onto MLS Cup Playoff Position

The MLS Eastern Conference has a clear hierarchy in 2012, and it's not one that includes the Chicago Fire. The conference's top three teams— DC United, New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City— are comfortable at the top of the standings, battling each other for position with little wreck of falling below third. The next tier, which includes the Fire, features four teams fighting for two playoff spots, and at the moment the Fire are hanging onto the postseason for dear life.

In fifth place, the Fire would be set up to face the fourth place Columbus Crew in a one-game showdown, with the winner advancing to play No. 1 seed. If the Fire were to fall to sixth, they would be out of the postseason.

Here's the East standings heading into this week:

  1. DC United, 27 points
  2. New York Red Bulls, 26 points
  3. Sporting KC, 25 points
  4. Columbus Crew, 18 points
  5. Chicago Fire, 18 points
  6. New England Revolution, 16 points
  7. Houston Dynamo, 16 points
  8. Montreal Impact, 12 points
  9. Philadelphia Union, 8 points
  10. Toronto FC, 3 points

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Fire Vs. Revolution Final Score: New England Defense Dominant, Chicago Loses 2-0

The Chicago Fire (5-5-3, 18 pts) could not break through the New England Revolution (5-7-1, 16 pts) defense as the Revolution scored two late goals to hand Chicago a 2-0 loss.

Chicago had 9 attempts on goal in the game, but only 3 of those shots proved on target, and G Matt Reis swallowed up each of those volleys. The Revolution, meanwhile, had 15 shots on the Fire goal, led by M Benny Feilhaber and F Saer Sene with three shots each and one shot on goal each.

The Fire defense and G Sean Johnson held strong through much of the game, but, in the waning seconds of the 68th minute, M Kelyn Rowe broke through the Fire for a game-changing first goal:

Failhaber added another goal in the 73rd minute, sealing the Chicago loss at 2-0.

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Fire Vs. Revolution Preview: Saturday's Only MLS Game Should Be Fun

The Chicago Fire hit the road to take on the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

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