Rapid Reaction: C.D. Guadalajara 1, Fire 0

September, 14, 2011
9/14/11
10:00
PM CT
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 1-0 loss against Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday in an international friendly at Toyota Park:

How it happened: Chivas' Jorge Mora scored on a free kick in the 61st minute to give Guadalajara a 1-0 lead. His shot from about 25 yards out found the right side of the frame past Fire second-half goalkeeper Jon Conway. The Fire and Guadalajara touted the bulk of their starters for the first 45 minutes, and during that span Chicago held a 4-1 shots on goal advantage and the brunt of the possession.

What it means: The Fire fell to 5-2-0 this year in non-MLS matches. Their other defeat was a 3-1 loss to Manchester United. The five victories are Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play-in and tournament matches.

Outside the box: The Fire defense went with perhaps their projected Saturday defense against Chivas USA. With right back Dan Gargan set to serve his suspension (yellow card accumulation), Jalil Anibaba was moved to right back and Josip Mikulic got the start at center back alongside Cory Gibbs. ... The Fire made nine of their 10 subs entering the second half. In the 76th minute, forward Kellen Gulley made his first-team debut for the Fire, replacing Diego Chaves. Gulley will not see the pitch in league play until the 2012 season.

Up next: The Fire return to league action when they host Chivas USA at 3 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park.

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