The recent U.S. Open champions began dangerously against Chicago, but their defense failed them when tested.
Chicago scored twice in the first half against the run of play, and they put themselves above the playoff line with a 3-0 win on the road at RFK Stadium on Friday.
Jeff Larentowicz took advantage of some shoddy defending, scoring Chicago’s opener in the 24th minute. Just two minutes later Bakary Soumare picked up his first career MLS goal when a free-kick rebound fell at his feet.
The third came from substitute Quincy Amarikwa, finishing on a cross late in the game to put it away.
Sean Johnson was brilliant in goal for Chicago, denying the home side on numerous occasions and giving his team opportunities to break on the counter.
Johnson was equally as sharp in the second half, repeatedly preserving the lead as DC United finished with 67% of the possession, and they had twice as many shots as Chicago until late pressure from the visitors closed the gap in the count. The American shotstopper ended up with a whopping 9 saves, almost all causing him to end up stretched out on the ground.
The result for Chicago puts them into the playoff picture, with a soft one-point lead over the Philadelphia Union and two above both New England and Columbus. It may not hold after tomorrow’s results, but three points at any time can improve a team’s shot at the postseason.
In addition, the 3-0 victory can only do great things for their goal differential, something that could possibly come into play with such a tight finish. It moves them to -4, still the lowest of those around them, but improvement nonetheless.
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 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.