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Crew Puts Out Fire 2-1

October 9, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) _ After a scoreless first half, Eric Vasquez and Simon Elliott scored as the Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 Saturday.

Chicago already owns a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the loss eliminated it from catching D.C. United for second place.

The Fire scored first in the 50th minute. Chad Barrett sent the ball to Chris Rolfe in the center of the box. Rolfe then tapped it to Jesse Marsch, who flicked it into the net to the left of goalkeeper Matt Jordan.

Five minutes later, Elliott tied it with a penalty kick. And in the 76th minute, the Crew took the lead. David Testo crossed the ball to Vasquez, who blasted a long shot into the net over a diving David Mahoney for a 2-1 Crew lead.

Despite a late offensive push, the Fire were unable to even the score, dropping their 12th match of the season. Chicago (15-12-4, 49 points) wraps up the regular season at New England next Saturday.

The Crew (11-16-4, 37 points), last in the conference, play next Saturday at D.C. United.

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