New England Soccer Today

MLS Morning Espresso 9/30

Last night featured a foursome of MLS-centric action, as league and CONCACAF Champions League provded us with a couple of slobberknockers, a Sound victory, and, for entertainment purposes, a wet and wild throwdown deep inside Central America.

Last night, Chicago stunned San Jose to the tune of a 3-0 smackdown at Buck Shaw Stadium. Steve Kinney (39′), Freddie Ljungberg (72′), and Patrick Nyarko (90’+2′) combined to give the Fire what could prove be one final playoff push.

Meanwhile, Colorado captured a comprehensive 4-1 victory in Commerce City. Omar Cummings (8′, 15′) picked up a brace by the 15th minute, while Wells Thompson (68′) and Quincy Amarikwa (86′) capped the Rapids offensive output in the second half. The only sign of life from Philadelphia came late, when Jack McInerney (90′) scored to prevent the cleansheet.

In CONCACAF Champions League competition, Seattle beat Marathon 2-0 at Qwest Field thanks to Michael Fucito’s brace (21′, 68′). Although victory was theirs, Tuesday night’s Saprissa-Monterrey draw ended any hopes Seattle harbored at advancing through.

Another brace was scored in Guatemala City, as CSD Municipal’s Guillermo Ramirez (19′, 39′) scored all the goals needed for his club to clinch a 2-1 over Columbus. Andy Iro’s goal (45′) before the half gave the guests hope, but the rain-soaked pitch refused to cooperate with the Crew, who nearly went to blows with their hosts at the final whistle.

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