The Fire just couldn't finish its work Saturday night.
New England erased a 1-0 Fire lead with two-second half goalsincluding the winner with less than two minutes to playto claim a 2-1 Major League Soccer victory at Cardinal Stadium in Naperville.
Revolution defender Daouda Kante, a 24-year-old native of Mali playing in only his third professional game, scored the game-winner in the 89th minute. He took a feed from midfielder Steve Ralston and slipped a shot past Fire goalie Zach Thornton while in traffic in front of the net.
Despite the outcome, the Fire (10-10-4) maintained a share of MLS East with idle Columbus. And with two of the Fire's last four games against the Crew, Bradley was optimistic.
"I think we should still win the division," he said. "It's still in our hands."
Defender Jim Curtin snapped a 0-0 tie early in the second half when he took a long lob from forward Ante Razov and headed an 8-foot shot past Revolution goalie Adin Brown. The goal was Curtin's second of the season, and it was Razov's fifth assist.
The Revolution (8-14-1) replied in the 65th minute when reserve forward Wolde Harris rocketed a 12-foot shot past Thornton.
The Fire outshot New England 17-10 and had several opportunities for additional scoring with nine shots on goal. Hristo Stoitchkov and Razov each had six shots.
Saturday's crowd of 15,887 was the second highest this season. The Fire drew 15,919 fans Aug. 14 against Kansas City.
The Fire travels to Kansas City next Saturday, then returns home on Sept. 7 against Los Angeles in the season's next-to-last regular-season home game.
Anticipating a return to Cardinal Stadium for a second season, the Fire began season-ticket sales for 2003 Saturday. Prices will remain unchanged except for a $2 increase in the south end FireHouse section.
15,887 fans see Fire fall on late goal
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