FC Dallas puts out fire with 3-0 victory

FC Dallas puts out fire with 3-0 victory

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2010
11:06 PM

Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas (AP)Jeff Cunningham scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute to tie the MLS career goal-scoring record, and FC Dallas equaled the longest single-season unbeaten streak in league history with a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

Dallas clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2007 by running its streak to 18 games (10-0-8), tying Columbus 2004 mark for the longest run without a loss.

What a great night for FC Dallas, said coach Schellas Hyndman, who was hired in June 2008. We worked so hard in the last two years to be in this position, to clinch a playoff spot and Ive lost a lot of sleep. It was very stressful when things didnt go well at the beginning. The words I always used, we wanted to develop a culture of winning and I think we have that here now.

Cunningham, who won the MLS Golden Boot Award last year for leading the league with 17 goals, scored his 11th of the season and 132nd of his career, tying DC United veteran Jaime Moreno.

Chicago fell to 1-6-2 in its last nine and will likely miss the postseason. The Fire, who were shut out for the fifth time in six games, are 3-12-1 in Dallas.

It was a difficult match, Fire coach Carlos de los Cabos said. We played against one of the best teams in the league this season. We started well in the match and had chances to score. I think that the second half was more difficult for us because Dallas played better.

With Dallas ahead 2-0, Cunningham sealed the triumph with his penalty kick goal. After Fire defender Dasan Robinson pulled him down in the penalty area, Cunningham stepped up to the dot with a slight hesitation before slotting a low shot just inside the left goal post.

Cunningham, who hasnt spoken to the media since he lost his spot in the starting 11 earlier in the season, entered the match in the 57th minute and found the back of the net for the seventh time in the last nine games.

Its unbelievable, midfielder Dax McCarty said of Cunninghams career numbers. Jeff is a top professional, he takes care of himself really well. Hes just a great goal-scorer, theres no other way to put it. He works really hard in training, and hes kind of found his niche for us, coming in the second half when other teams are tired, and he really takes advantage of it.

Milton Rodriguez scored his fourth goal of the season in the 19th minute and Marvin Chavez connected for his second of the year, both in the last two games, about 30 seconds into the second half.

Dario Sala made two saves in recording his first shutout of the season and 23rd of his six-year MLS career. Sala, playing his third straight game in place of injured starter Kevin Hartman, even earned his second career assist when a free kick he boomed from just outside his own penalty area led to Rodriguezs goal.

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5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

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5 at 5: Cubs/Sox All-Star spots, D-Wade's fit and could Patrick Sharp return to Blackhawks?

In the debut of 5 at 5, Luke Stuckmeyer and Slavko Bekovic break down the top five Chicago sports storylines right now.

Included is an update on MLB All-Star votes and who from the Cubs and White Sox "deserve" to make the Midsummer Classic. Plus, Stucky and Slav discuss a potential reunion for Patrick Sharp and the Blackhawks, Dwyane Wade's fit on the Bulls and what will be the next Chicago sports jersey retired.

Also, who would win a Home Run Derby between the Cubs, White Sox, Nationals and Yankees?

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MLB All-Star Update: Bryant's in, Avi Garcia's 5th in voting. Which Cubs and White Sox deserve a spot? Welcome to The 5 @ 5 on Facebook Live! Sharp returns? How does D-Wade fit? Next retired Chicago jersey? We cover it all, so join the conversation RIGHT NOW!

Posted by CSN Chicago on Monday, June 26, 2017

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Bulls parting ways with guard Michael Carter-Williams

Don't expect to see Michael Carter-Williams in the fold for the Bulls guard spots next season.

The organization is reportedly declining the qualifying option for the young guard, according to John Paxson on David Kaplan's radio show:

Carter-Williams, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Bucks last October in a move that sent Tony Snell to Milwaukee. Snell — the Bulls' first round pick (20th overall) in 2013 — turned in a career year with the Bucks, averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while making 80 starts.

Meanwhile, Carter-Williams appeared in only 45 games (19 starts) for the Bulls, suffering through the worst season of his professional career. He was drafted 11th overall in the same year the Bulls took Snell and Carter-Williams burst onto the scene with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Carter-Williams was then traded to the Bucks in February 2015. He shot only 36.6 percent from the field in 2016-17 while averaging 18.8 minutes per game.

The Bulls are stacked at guard with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo currently under contract plus 2016 first-round pick Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant (acquired in the Derrick Rose trade), Cameron Payne (acquired in the Taj Gibson deal), Isaiah Canaan and then Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine (who were both acquired in the Jimmy Butler blockbuster last week).