Rapid Reaction: FC Dallas 2, Fire 1

October, 12, 2011
10/12/11
9:34
PM CT
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 2-1 loss against FC Dallas on Wednesday at Toyota Park:

How it happened: After lurking around the goal for most of the first half, Dallas finally struck in the 41st minute when Jackson tallied a goal for a 1-0 lead. In the 53rd minute, Daniel Cruz's volley pushed the lead to 2-0 after Zach Loyd headed the ball to Cruz from Ricardo Villar's corner kick. Chicago finally got on the scoreboard in the 86th minute when Sebastian Grazzini got around Dallas' Andrew Jacobson and found the upper right corner to cut Dallas' lead to 2-1.

What it means: The Fire's four-game home winning streak came to a close as Chicago fell to 7-9-16 (37 points), while Dallas improved to 14-11-7 (49 points). The Fire are not mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. But even if the Fire win their final two matches and reach 46 points, the bottom two wild card teams, New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo, already have 46 points with two games to play.

Outside the box: The Fire will be without three of their starters on Saturday at D.C. United. Midfielder Pavel Pardo was shown a straight red card in the 79th minute, defender Dan Gargan for the second time this season will miss because of yellow card accumulation, and defender Cory Gibbs will also miss the match because of yellow card accumulation. Gargan and Gibbs were shown yellows in the 39th and 82nd minutes, respectively.

Up next: The Fire prepare for their final road game of the season when they face D.C. United at 6:30 p.m. CT Saturday at RFK Stadium.

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