- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009

D.C. UNITED 1, FIRE 0: Bryan Namoff’s header in the 11th minute accounted for the match’s lone goal, and D.C. United ended a four-game winless streak with a victory over Chicago on Saturday night in Bridgeville, Ill.

Josh Wicks made several key saves late as United earned its first MLS win on the road since defeating the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on April 26. United had been winless in nine matched since.

United moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Fire missed an opportunity to overtake reigning MLS Cup champion Columbus atop the conference, though the Crew have two games in hand.

Chicago nearly escaped with a point as it pressed forward for the tying goal in the closing minutes, but the United defense, which has allowed an MLS-worst 26 road goals, barely held it together as Wicks and defender Dejan Jakovic had to be separated by teammates after a miscommunication on a free kick gave the Fire a quality scoring chance.

Santino Quaranta started the play that led to the deciding score, earning United a free kick 35 yards from goal on the right side after being fouled by defender Brandon Prideaux.

Christian Gomez then curled a perfect right-footed cross into the middle of the area for a streaking Namoff, who nodded the ball into the lower left corner from just outside the 6-yard box.

REVOLUTION 2, EARTHQUAKES 1: Steve Ralston and Wells Thompson each scored in the second half to help New England to a home win over San Jose in Foxborough, Mass.

TORONTO FC 0, SOUNDERS 0: Dwayne De Rosario and Freddie Ljungberg had their share of near misses, but no one found the back of the net as Toronto FC played to a draw at Seattle.

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