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Pappa, John lead Fire to win over Galaxy

Pappa, John lead Fire to win over Galaxy

Sunday, August 1, 2010
11:35 PM

Associated Press

CARSON, Calif. (AP)Marco Pappa and Collins John scored about a minute apart early in the first half to lead the Chicago Fire to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.

Mike Banner also scored for the Fire (5-5-5), which won its second consecutive game after losing five straight in all competitions. Goalkeeper Sean Johnson made four saves for his first Major League Soccer victory in his first start.

Were just a lot more confident, Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic said of his teams recent improvement. Were a lot sharper and a lot more disciplined.

Johnson added: Were finishing our chances and eliminating our mistakes. Its massive for us.

Landon Donovan scored both goals for the Galaxy (12-3-4), which lost its first home league game and is 1-4-1 in its past six games. Donovans first goal was the 100th of his MLS career.

Our execution was poor, Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. It could be complacency. I think thats been the case with a number of players when they look at the league standings and see that were out in front.

Pappa gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute with a 13-yard shot inside the left post for his seventh goal.

John followed one minute later by firing a 6-yard shot between goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and the right post after making a solo run along the right flank.

We have to address the first 10 minutes of games, Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter said. Were not relaxed and doing our jobs. Were thinking too much, maybe. Were a little bit tense, maybe.

Banner made it 3-0 in the 19th minute with his first of the season. Ricketts dove to deflect Pappas 19-yard line drive with his left hand but Banner volleyed the rebound from seven yards.

We came out firing where we usually come out slow, Johnson said. Coming at a team aggressively and not sitting back has helped us for the past couple of games.

Donovan converted penalty kicks in the 37th and 81st minutes for his fourth and fifth goals and tied Taylor Twellman for fifth place in MLS career goal-scoring with 101.

We should have been scoring goals off the run of play, Arena said. We couldve scored five goals. There was failure on both ends of the field, no question about it.

Johnson kept Los Angeles from scoring the tying goal in the 85th minute when he dove to his right to block Alan Gordons 10-yard header with his right hand.

I couldnt aske for more, Johnson said of his first MLS start. I tried to keep myself calm going into it. I didnt really have time to be nervous. I had to made a save early and I think that was good for me to get a touch on the ball.

The Fires Freddie Ljungberg, acquired from Seattle on July 30, made his team debut when he replaced Pappa in the 58th minute. Nery Castillo, whom the Fire signed Aug. 1, did not make the trip.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October.

Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.