Sean Johnson preserves draw

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
8:45
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson made a second half save to preserve the Fire's 0-0 tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.

Vancouver's Erik Hurtado had the Whitecaps' best chance of the game in the 49th minute. He broke free of the defenders and cut to the center of the box, but his right-footed effort was knocked aside by Johnson.

It was Johnson's third shutout of the season and Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted's fifth. They each made two saves.


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After a quick strike from Tottenham's Harry Kane in the fourth minute the game was a close one until Aaron Lennon put the game beyond Chicago in the final minutes.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane tapped in his team's first goal of the game following a Chicago Fire miscue in defence.

Wayne Rooney brace lifts Man United

July, 26, 2014
Jul 26
5:57
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Wayne Rooney scored twice and set up Juan Mata's goal in Manchester United's 3-2 victory over AS Roma on Saturday in the International Champions Cup in Denver.

Manchester United were coming off the back of a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday night at the Rose Bowl and nearly had another clean sheet in front of 54,117 fans at Sports Authority Field.

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That was spoiled after spectacular Miralem Pjanic's goal from his own half in the 75th minute. Pjanic, 10 yards behind the halfway line, blasted a shot towards the Manchester United net. Goalkeeper Ben Amos was positioned high in the box and couldn't recover in time to stop the ball from going in.

Francesco Totti also scored a penalty for Roma, who carried the play early before Manchester United took control late in the first half through Mata and Rooney.

In the 36th minute, Mata fed Rooney at the top of the box, and he dribbled to his right before curling a shot over the outstretched fingers of goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and into the top-left corner.

Right after Mata missed a close-range chance, he capitalised on another in the 39th minute. Rooney lofted a pass from midfield that Mata corralled in the box and chipped over Skorupski.


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Source: DaMarcus Beasley eyes MLS

July, 22, 2014
Jul 22
9:00
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DaMarcus Beasley and his advisors are in discussions with Major League Soccer over a potential move for the U.S. left back from Puebla, his current club in the Mexican league, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN FC on Tuesday. 

Last week, Beasley told a fan last week via Twitter that he would not be returning to Puebla.


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Hummels Man United hype, James arrives

July, 21, 2014
Jul 21
8:50
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Transfer Talk

Earthquakes, Djalo roll Chicago

July, 20, 2014
Jul 20
10:28
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Yannick Djalo scored a goal and added three assists to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-1 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.

San Jose (5-8-5) ended a five-game winless streak in which it scored two goals. Chicago (3-5-11) had allowed just three goals in four games.

The Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead just before the break. Shea Salinas ran down a long ball from Djalo along the left sideline, worked his way into the box and squeezed a shot between two defenders.


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Union salvage draw with late penalty

July, 19, 2014
Jul 19
9:53
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 91st minute and the Philadelphia Union came back to tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday.

Le Toux was awarded the penalty kick after Gonzalo Segares was called for a hand ball inside the penalty area. Segares turned his back on Le Toux's shot, but the ball hit his right arm. Le Toux calmly slotted home the penalty kick inside the left post, past a diving Sean Johnson. He has scored five goals in his past six games for Philadelphia (5-8-8).


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Mike Magee's Day Off

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16
9:20
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Penalty save secures Fire's win

July, 12, 2014
Jul 12
9:03
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 3rd minute and Sean Johnson saved a penalty kick in the 86th to seal the Chicago Fire's 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

Johnson dove to the right and got his right hand on Chris Tierney's low left-footed PK. The block sent the ball into the air, off the post and rested on the goal line before Johnson secured it.

Johnson's big stop helped the Fire (3-4-10) stop a six-game winless streak. It was the fifth consecutive MLS loss for New England (7-8-2).

Amarikwa's goal was Chicago's quickest score of the season. He won a long ball from Mike Magee and chipped home a shot past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

The Revolution played without leading scorer Lee Nguyen after he was suspended for one game for endangering the safety of an opponent.


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Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer grabbed a photographer's phone, snapped a selfie with fans and was promptly shown a yellow card for excessive celebration.

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