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MLS Cup Playoffs Begin As Houston Beats Chicago

The weather is turning cold, the playoffs are beginning and that is the sign for the Houston Dynamo’s to start winning games.

A goal in each half by forward Will Bruin gave the Dynamo a 2-1 upset victory over the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round match at Toyota Park on Wednesday night. It was the first road win in more than three months for the reigning Eastern Conference champions.

The No. 5-seeded Dynamo advance to meet top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the first leg to be played on Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

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View From The Press Box: New England Beat Chicago Fire 1-0

In front of their biggest crowd of the year, the New England Revolution beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 tonight. Teen sensation Diego Fagundez with the winner in the first half with a spectacular goal from 25-yards.

This was by far the best 90 minutes New England have played in a long time. They were compact at the back and Bobby Shuttleworth barely had a save to make all night.

Revs coach Jay Heaps gave Blair Gavin his first start of the season and he impressed in the middle of the park alongside Kelyn Rowe. They both protected the back four really well and Gavin in particular linked well with the forwards.

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Chicago Fire Finally Hires A Head Coach

This week the Chicago Fire announced that longtime Fire assistant coach Denis Hamlett had signed a multi-year deal to be the new head coach for the team.

On MLSNet.com Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman was quoted as saying:

“When we deliberated on who should be the next head coach for the Chicago Fire, we ultimately came to the decision that Denis was the top candidate. I am confident that he possesses the knowledge, skill set and passion necessary to inspire and lead our team to future success – a future that includes winning,”