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Chris Rolfe carrying the Chicago Fire attack

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The two men doing the most to carry their team’s offense right aren’t among the usual suspects.

Both are terrific attackers, but won’t be counted not among list of true marquee men in MLS.

In Chicago, Chris Rolfe has become the difference between winning and losing. He couldn’t get a grip on the game two weeks ago in the Fire’s 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. A few days later, more or less the same story in a surprising 3-1 loss at home to Philadelphia.

But there was Rolfe yesterday, running at Chicago Fire counterattack in the 2-0 win. Rolfe was in on both goals yesterday (although he had an official assist on just one of them).

(MORE: Highlights and interviews of the Fire’s 2-0 win)

Before that tough night in Kansas City, it was Rolfe carrying more than his share of the attacking burden. He had seven goals in nine matches as the Fire rose from mid-pack side to one capable of kicking up a real fuss come playoff time.

Rolfe, now working behind striker Sherjill MacDonald in the Fire’s 4-2-3-1, was like this before at Toyota Park, streaky to the highest order. These periodic high-velocity, highly effective dashes are among the reasons Rolfe attracted attention out of Europe in the first place. (The Ohio native spent a little more than two years in Denmark.)

Arne Friedrich and Austin Berry represent a strong central defensive combo, as we saw yesterday in stifling New York (just one shot on goal) in Harrison, N.J.

But if we examine the attack, the Fire has a collection of good-not-great figures beyond Rolfe. So, the 29-year-old’s ability to maintain this peppy form will be the difference for Chicago in the playoffs.

As for the other “top man, but not a marquee man,” check back in a little while …

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.