Thursday Kickoff: Fire top Revolution, Internacional wins Libertadores and more

Thursday Kickoff: Fire top Revolution, Internacional wins Libertadores and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Fire top Revolution, Internacional wins Libertadores and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

The Chicago Fire emerged with a 2-1 victory over conference rivals New England Wednesday evening, a valuable win for the Fire as they aim to climb back into playoff contention.

Substitute Calen Carr's 85th minute tally secured the victory, after the two sides exchanged first half goals. New England Marko Perovic took advantage of a Wilman Conde mistake to open the scoring, before Baggio Husidic equalized in the 32nd minute. That set the stage for Carr's heroics, coming in the forward's 2010 debut. He had picked up an injury during Chicago's preseason.

Three points for the Fire draws them within two points of San Jose and Toronto, who are tied at 26 for the eighth and final playoff spot. Meanwhile, the loss is a big blow to the Revolution who remain mired at 21 points.

The highlights are after the jump, as well as a few other stories for Thursday:

INTERNACIONAL WINS LIBERTADORES

Brazilian club Internacional rose to the challenge Wednesday evening, securing the coveted Copa Libertadores with a 3-2 win (5-3 on aggregate) over Chivas de Guadalajara. The Mexican side, looking to become the first to win the competition, equaled the aggregate score with their first of the game. But the Brazilian side came roaring back in the second half to take control of both Wednesday's match to secure the trophy.

ARSENAL BID FOR SEVILLA DEFENDER

North London club Arsenal are reported to be in negotiations for Sevilla defender and french international Sebastien Squillaci in an effort to improve their defensive depth. The club currently only has three experienced center backs in Thomas Vermaelen, Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny, with the latter one of Wenger's new signings over the summer.

The 30-year-old Squillaci was in South Africa with the French squad over the summer but didn't see any action.

HODGSON WANTS TO KEEP MASCHERANO

New Liverpool boss Ray Hodgson is adamant that the club will keep defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano unless a bidding club meet's Mascherano's valuation. The Argentine had previously been linked with a reunion with old manager Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan. Mascherano started Liverpool's opening league match against Arsenal in what many speculated would be his last game with the Reds.

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What did you think of last night's Fire-Revolution game? Surprised to see Internacional win Libertadores? Think Arsenal will sign a new defender? Will Mascherano stay at Liverpool?

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