The United Put out the Fire

John E De Freitas. | 6/18/2009, 11:23 a.m.

D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire 1

D.C. United midfielder Christian Gomez made a shot that swerved over the Chicago wall and past goalkeeper Jon Busch for what would turn out to be the game winner as United defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Sat., June 13. €I saw that the keeper was moving to the other post, so I figured that there was a chance for me to get it over the wall. I hit it and I was lucky that there was enough space and the ball went in,€ Gomez said.

In the other nets, goalkeeper Josh Wicks turned in his best game this season, and one of the best of his career. His biggest save of the night came when he blocked former USA National star forward Brian McBride's penalty kick in the 48th minute.

€It was just a penalty that was at the right height for the goalie, the goalie went the right way and made the save. That's a ball I should be putting away,€ McBride said.

€Josh, not only with that save, had a really fantastic day today. It's obviously a relief to finish off a game and be in first place, but it's short-lived," said United Head Coach Tom Soehn.

"We have to turn around and go back to work. The sign of a good team is the ability to go and perform on the road. That's another test we'll have to do. Every season has major tests and this is one.€

D.C. United midfielder Christian Gomez (right) gets a header from a corner kick in the first half and gets past Chicago Fire defender Gonzaio Segares (center) and United midfielder Rodney Wallace (left) on his way to the nets. Photo by John E De Freitas - WI Sports Photo Editor