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Chivas USA gets an unexpected assist in 2-0 win over D.C. United

Trying to make a play, D.C. United's goalkeeper scores for the visitors. The victory keeps Chivas' playoff hopes alive.

October 04, 2009|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Chivas USA used D.C. United's own goalkeeper in the first half to stay alive in the playoff hunt with a 2-0 victory Saturday evening, while struggling United's postseason hopes dimmed.

Maicon Santos set up the winning goal in the 33rd minute when Chivas (12-9-5) capitalized on a miscue by United goalkeeper Milos Kocic, who was making just his third career start. Jesus Padilla added to the lead in the 53rd minute.

Zach Thornton made two saves in his 11th shutout of the season as Chivas moved into a tie with Seattle for the first of four wild-card playoff spots with four matches remaining.

United (8-8-12) fell behind when Sacha Klijestan lobbed a ball into the box to Santos, who broke loose from several D.C. defenders and fired a shot from 15 yards. It ricocheted off the goal post, and when Kocic tried to make a play, it bounced off his back. When Kocic turned around, the ball had trickled across the goal line.

After winning its first 11 games at RFK Stadium, United has dropped its last three, including a 2-1 loss to lowly San Jose. United trails New England for the fourth wild-card spot with two matches left.

Kocic was elevated to the starting position after the San Jose match, in which first-string goalkeeper Josh Wicks sustained season-ending shoulder and knee injuries.

D.C. United's loss means the Galaxy qualifies for the playoffs for the first time in four years.

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