D.C. United At Chicago Fire: Josh Wolff's Second-Half Goal Salvages 1-1 Draw Against Chicago

Josh Wolff's 5th goal of the season salvages a point from a poor United performance.

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D.C. United At Chicago Fire: Josh Wolff's Goal Saves A Point For United

Josh Wolff's 73rd-minute goal rescued D.C. United from what promised to be a dismal evening in suburban Chicago as the Black-and-Red salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire Thursday night.

United were trailing 1-0 after Sebastian Grazzini's 59th minute goal when Dwayne De Rosario chased down a long ball on the far right wing and found second half substitute Josh Wolff in the penalty area. Wolff, the former Fire striker, cushioned the ball back to the top of the penalty area, where fellow substitute Santino Quaranta hesitated for just a moment before sliding the ball back to Wolff. Wolff, who appeared to be narrowly offside, took a touch with his right foot before slamming the ball over the outstretched arms of Sean Johnson, off the crossbar and into the back of the net.

What had started as a bad night for United, with starting goalkeeper Bill Hamid forced off at halftime due to a strained hamstring, got worse with Grazzini's goal, which was set up by Patrick Nyarko giving Dejan Jakovic the runaround down the left wing. Nyarko's cross was poorly headed away by Daniel Woolard and Grazzini hit the ball on the volley with his left foot past the substitute keeper Steve Cronin.

The draw was the 15th of the season for Chicago, a new MLS record, and was on balance a harsh result on the Fire. The home side outshot United 12-4, with United only managing one shot on target to United's five. 

United next play against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday evening at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Kick-off of that match is at 8:30 p.m.


D.C. United At Chicago Fire: Scoreless At Half, Despite Chicago Chances; Bill Hamid Injured

D.C. United should be behind, but two great saves by Bill Hamid and a timely intervention from a goalpost has ensured a goalless first half between United and the Chicago Fire.

The first of four golden Chicago chances came in the 9th minute, when Dominic Oduro was played into space down the Fire's right wing. Odruo was able to run onto the ball and step inside the covering Brandon McDonald, but Bill Hamid alertly got low to save the Ghanaian's low driving shot. Oduro had another chance five minutes later when a mix-up in D.C. United's midfield resulted in Oduro bearing down on Hamid from the left side of the penalty area. Odruo's shot beat Hamid, but not Hamid's left post.

In the 30th minute, Marco Pappa tried his luck, striking a left-footed free kick about 30 yards from goal. Again, Hamid was equal to the task, leaping to his left to deflect the ball away. However, Hamid could do nothing about Oduro's third chance of the half, which came in the 43rd minute. Patrick Nyarko set up shop in the right side of the United penalty area and picked out Odruo streaking to the far post. Unfortunately for Chicago, Oduro hit the ball with the outside of his right foot, deflecting it harmlessly over the bar.

Though United will be happy to be level at the half, they will be concerned over the status of Hamid, who had to be helped off the field after suffering an apparent hamstring injury while taking a goal kick late in the half. If he can't go, Steve Cronin will take his place.


D.C. United At Chicago Fire: Stephen King Starts In Place Of Santino Quaranta

As expected, neither Ben Olsen nor Frank Klopas have made many changes to their respective lineups tonight. Olsen makes just two changes from Saturday's 4-0 win over Vancouver, as Bill Hamid returns from suspension to start in net while Stephen King will replace Santino Quaranta in midfield. Meanwhile, Klopas has made no changes to the eleven who started Saturday's 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.

D.C. United Starting Lineup: Bill Hamid (GK), Perry Kitchen, Dejan Jakovic, Brandon McDonald, Daniel Woolard, Andy Najar, Clyde Simms, Stephen King Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario (Captain), Charlie Davies.

Available D.C. United Substitutes: Steve Cronin (GK), Marc Burch, Ethan White, Austin da Luz, Santino Quaranta, Blake Brettschneider, Josh Wolff.

Chicago Fire Starting Lineup: Sean Johnson (Gk), Jalil Anibaba, Dan Gargan, Gonzalo Segares, Yamith Cuesta, Logan Pause (Captain), Pavel Pardo, Marco Pappa, Sebastian Grazzini, Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko.

Available Chicago Fire Substitutes: Jon Conway (GK), Josip Mikulic, Dan Paladini, Baggio Husidic, Orr Barouch, Cristian Nazarit, Diego Chaves.


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