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Rolfe dominant as Fire trounce Red Bulls

Posted on 24 October 2008 by rpezold

The Fire entered their Thursday night match with the New York Red Bulls with very little to play for. Unable to catch Eastern Division leader, Columbus Crew, the only variable confronting the Fire was whether they would finish second in the Eastern Division or third. A win and the loyal Fire fans would be treated to at least one playoff game at Toyota Park.

New York began the match with more pressure, needing a win to guarantee a spot in the postseason. The prospects looked dismal, since the Red Bulls had managed only one victory on the road this season. To make matters worse, MLS suspended goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke on Oct. 18 for 10 games as a result of testing positive for performance enhancing substances.
From the opening whistle, the New York Red Bulls showed the urgency of their situation. With a steady rain and chilly temperatures, the Red Bulls dominated possession in the first 10 minutes. But then disaster struck.

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