MX23RW : Thursday, January 17 15:42:50
Aug 31, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Toyota Park
Chicago Fire
1-0
Dallas
Earnshaw (83')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Robert Earnshaw strike ends Dallas run

Former Premier League forward Robert Earnshaw strikes in the 83rd minute to end Dallas's four-game win streak in the MLS and hand the Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory.

A late strike from Robert Earnshaw handed the Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory over Dallas in their MLS clash, ending a run of four-straight wins for Oscar Pareja's side.

Ryan Hollingshead had the first opening of the game for the visitors as he collected a pass on the edge of the area and managed to find space to dig out a shot that was well saved by Sean Johnson.

The Fire responded to that threat and worked the ball well in the final third before Razvan Cocis tried his luck from the edge of the area, but his effort went over the bar.

Dallas almost took the lead before the break when Fabian Castillo raided down the left and fired a low shot at goal from inside the box, but Johnson was on hand to make a smart stop with his feet.

In the second half, Hollingshead came within inches of firing his side ahead when he latched onto Jair Benitez's cross into the box, but his left-footed volley struck the bar and went over.

Chicago hit back again with a chance of their own as Lovel Palmer cut in from the right and fired a left-footed shot at goal which was comfortably saved by Raul Fernandez.

The home side finally took the lead in the 83rd minute when Jeff Larentowicz's pinpoint cross into the box was guided into the bottom corner by Earnshaw's glancing header.

The Fire almost got a second goal when Quincy Amarikwa released the run of Earnshaw, but this time the former Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City man was denied by a good save from Fernandez.

Despite the Welshman's miss, the home side held out for just their fifth win of the campaign.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34225762332971
2Atlanta UnitedAtlanta34216770442669
3New York City FCNY City341681059451456
4DC United341491160501051
5Columbus Crew34149114345-251
6Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34155144950-150
7Montreal ImpactMontreal34144164753-646
8New England RevolutionNew England341011134955-641
9Toronto34106185964-536
10Chicago Fire3488184861-1332
11Orlando City3484224374-3128

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Sporting Kansas CityKansas34188865402562
2Seattle SoundersSeattle341851152371559
3Los Angeles FCLos Angeles34169968521657
4Dallas3416995244857
5Portland TimbersPortland35159115450454
6Real Salt LakeSalt Lake34147135558-349
7Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy34139126664248
8Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver34138135467-1347
9Houston DynamoHouston34108165858038
10Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd34113204971-2236
11Colorado RapidsColorado3487193663-2731
12San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes3449214971-2221

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