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Dysktra makes his case to be Fire starting goalkeeper

Shutout against DC gives Chicago's #2 netminder claim for #1
Dykstra makes his case

BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Nearly lost in the fanfare surrounding Brian McBride’s home finale was the stellar performance of Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who stopped four shots to shut out D.C. United in Saturday afternoon’s scoreless draw at Toyota Park.

The second-year goalie, who was making his third straight appearance in place of injured starter Sean Johnson, came up big in the game’s latter stages, making a pair of nice stops in the 78th and 86th minutes to preserve the draw.

Satisfied with clean sheet, DC lament attacking woes vs. Chicago

Perkins holds his own in the net, but offense sputters again
DC's attacking woes

If it had happened a few months ago, D.C. United might have hailed Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire as a sign of progress, a hard-earned road point secured by stout defending and several sharp saves from goalkeeper Troy Perkins.

As it is, Ben Olsen’s squad are glad to fly back to Washington with another clean sheet in their possession, given that it took them 10 weeks to earn their first shutout at the season’s outset. D.C. have allowed just two goals in their last four road games.

McBride: This is the best way to stop my career

Chicago Fire striker bids farewell to the Toyota Park faithful
McBride: I feel blessed

BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Brian McBride is now just one game away to closing the book on his storied career.

On Saturday, he played his final match at Toyota Park, logging 87 minutes in a scoreless draw between his Chicago Fire and D.C. United. He nearly scored on several occasions before coming off to a raucous standing ovation from the crowd of 19,056.

Chicago y DC empatan sin goles en el Toyota Park

Fire cerró temporada en casa y se despidió de McBride
Fire y DC igualan sin gol

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.- El encuentro entre Chicago Fire y D.C. United en el que el gran ausente fue el gol, tuvo dosis de emotividad al marcar el último encuentro que Brian McBride dispute en la Ciudad de los Vientos”. El delantero anotó en dos ocasiones pero ambos goles fueron anulados.

Superados los primeros cinco minutos, Brian McBride rescató un balón en el medio campo para Patrick Nyarko quien igualmente exigido, pudo trazar para Deris Umanzor quien ingresó al área pero su remate, que salió más bien como centro, fue interceptado por el guardameta ante la llegada de Nyarko.

Highlights: D.C. United at Chicago Fire

Highlights: DC 0, CHI 0

Poll: Which team is the best fit for Juan Pablo Ángel in 2011?

Striker on the way out of New York, but where should he land?
Best fit for Ángel?

When Juan Pablo Ángel said on Thursday that he won't be back with the New York Red Bulls in 2011, it didn't come as much of a surpise to those who had followed the Colombian international during his fourth year with

Grueling campaign nears the end for United

Olsen's group tries to stay focused on Chicago rivalry
DC focused on Chicago

WASHINGTON --- After seven months, 19 painful league losses and 36 overall games, there are only two matches left in D.C. United’s grueling 2010 campaign.

The season’s cumulative physical and psychological toll tends to weigh most heavily on players in these final stages, so interim coach Ben Olsen has emphasized the importance of concluding 2010 with diligence and focus, starting with Saturday’s visit to Chicago.

Fire notes: Pappa, McBride to start against DC

Injuries to keep Segares, Johnson on the bench
Pappa returns for Fire

A few lineup notes ahead of the Chicago Fire’s Saturday match against D.C. United:

Johnson still out; Dykstra to make third straight start

Though he returned to training on Friday, starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson (hyphema) will not be available for Saturday’s home finale. The rookie keeper missed Chicago’s last two matches after suffering an injury in training on Oct. 5. 

USA to focus exclusively on 2022 World Cup bid

Withdrawal from running for 2018 event made official on Friday
USA to focus on 2022 WC

NEW YORK – The USA Bid Committee officially announced on Friday that it has withdrawn from the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will focus exclusively on securing the 2022 tournament.

The move had been expected for some time, given the fact that it was made clear early on that Europe would likely land the 2018 World Cup. England, Russia and joint bids by Belgium/Netherlands and Spain/Portugal are still in contention for the 2018 event.

Expansion Draft set for November 24

Portland, Vancouver rosters take shape with 10 selections each
Expansion Draft: Nov. 24

Toronto-Philadelphia: Jordan Harvey

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NEW YORK – Details have been released regarding the MLS Expansion Draft that will take place on Wed., Nov. 24.

Existing MLS clubs can protect 11 players, which must include any Designated Players with no-trade clauses. Generation adidas players and Home Grown players are automatically excluded from the Expansion Draft and do not need to be protected.

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