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MLS Game Summary - Houston at Chicago



(Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012)

From The Sports Network

Final Score: Chicago 3, Houston 1

Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire climbed up to third place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday.

Chicago (13-8-5) is 4-1-0 over its last five games to improve to 44 points on the season.

Patrick Nyarko and Daniel Paladini grabbed first-half goals to put the Fire in comfortable lead.

Brian Ching notched a late goal for the Dynamo, but it was canceled out by Alex's goal deep into second-half stoppage time.

Houston (11-7-9) drops to fourth place with 42 points, but its winless run extends to four games.

It took the Fire less than a minute to get on the board as Nyarko eluded his defender to break free on goal before slipping a shot through the legs of Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall.

Houston thought it had leveled the score in the 13th minute, but its goal was disallowed after referee David Gantar ruled that Macoumba Kandji used his arm to redirect the loose ball into the back of the net.

Chicago made the visitors pay for that miss, doubling its lead six minutes later when Paladini slotted home a low ball played in front of goal.

Alvaro Fernandez could have given the Fire a three-goal lead in the 25th minute. The Designated Player failed to convert the sitter though, sending a wayward shot high and wide from close range despite having acres of free space.

Chicago held its two-goal advantage until the 90th minute when Ching's header from a Brad Davis corner kick took a deflection on its way past Sean Johnson.

But it proved to be a trivial strike for the visitors as Alex hammered home a superb goal from distance deep into stoppage time to solidify three points for the Fire.

09/02 21:08:52 ET

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3rd
CHA 79
ORL 61
 
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
TEMPL
3rd
CHA 79
ORL 61
 
4th
PHI 67
PHO 92
 
Half
ATL 50
DET 40
 
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TOR 71
MIL 45
 
2nd
MEM 39
BOS 31
 
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OKC 37
BRK 36
 
2nd
WAS 36
CLE 27
 
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MIN 34
SAN 39
 
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DAL 6
LAL 5
 
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KSU 0
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RICE 0
UTEP 0
 
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Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
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DREX 70
USC 72
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GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
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MIAMI 79
AKR 51
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UCONN 75
DAY 64
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NEV 60
SHU 68
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LONG 81
UNCG 79
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ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
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WVU 70
BC 66
 
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TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
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YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
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IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
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HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
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ODU 68
LSU 61
 
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KENT 66
BU 52
 
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SCAR 57
CHAR 58
 
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UVA 53
GWU 42
 
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
2nd
GT 56
MAST 54
 
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RIDE 63
LEH 59
 
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MSU 79
LOYC 44
 
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CMICH 73
MAINE 46
 
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BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
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BAY 54
PVU 39
 
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HOF 61
USB 61
 
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OREG 67
TOL 57
 
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UGA 73
TROY 53
 
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STAN 72
UNLV 44
 
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FAIR 36
WOFF 51
 
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EMICH 48
YOUNG 47
 
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MON 44
COOK 29
 
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FIU 46
FLMEM 32
 
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KSU 48
SILL 34
 
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CAL 25
TEX 33
 
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GMAS 20
NMU 30
 
1st
ILL 45
PEAY 25
 
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ARK 37
DELST 26
 
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MCNST 40
JCHR 34
 
1st
NDST 30
KNST 19
 
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OKST 37
UWMIL 19
 
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LATU 28
MORE 21
 
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SDKST 25
NDAK 42
 
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XAV 36
STEPH 32
 
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UF 19
LAMON 29
 
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WAKE 9
IONA 6
 
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BOS 0
 
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PIT 3
NYI 4
 
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