Chicago MLS playoff hopes hit, Vancouver's boosted
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By The Associated Press
BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (AP) Chicago Fire's playoff hopes took a surprise hit while those of the Vancouver Whitecaps were boosted in Wednesday's action in Major League Soccer.
Chicago was beaten 3-1 at home by Philadelphia Union, leaving the Fire closer to dropping out of the playoff picture than chasing down Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City.
Chicago is equal second in the East, five points behind Sporting, but is also only five points off sixth place - the highest non-playoff position - with three regular-season games to go.
Jack McInerney, Gabriel Gomez and Antoine Hoppenot scored for Philadelphia, which won despite coach Frank Klopas serving a one-game suspension.
Dominic Oduro scored for Chicago, which has lost back-to-back games.
Vancouver moved up to fifth place and the last playoff position in the West, after a 4-0 thumping of lowly Chivas.
Camilo scored in the second half and helped set up the three other goals, for Dane Richards, Gershon Koffie and Barry Robson.
The Whitecaps snapped a seven-game winless streak to stretch their lead to five points over Dallas for the last playoff spot.
Chivas has lost seven straight and hasn't scored in 532 minutes, the longest drought in the MLS this season.
Updated October 4, 2012