Saturday, August 27, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Fire 2, Rapids 0
By Charlie Corr
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Toyota Park:
How it happened: Fire scoring leader Dominic Oduro netted his ninth goal, scoring in the 17th minute for a 1-0 lead. Pavel Pardo played the ball up and Oduro darted past Colorado defender Tyrone Marshall. Fire defender Cory Gibbs pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute with a header past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Pardo had the initial delivery to Sebastian Grazzini, who then crossed the ball in from the left to Gibbs. Pardo left the match at halftime with a strained right calf, but his replacement, Daniel Paladini, came up with a big block against Colorado's Sanna Nyassi in the 84th minute to maintain the shutout.
What it means: The Fire garnered back-to-back victories for the first time since April of 2010. Chicago had wins over D.C. United and the Houston Dynamo on April 17 and 24, respectively, that year. Chicago improved to 4-7-15 (27 points) and Colorado fell to 10-7-11 (41 points).
Outside the box: The Fire posted two first-half goals for the first time since their home-opening 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City on March 26. Chicago's offense also has tallied two goals in four of its past five matches after going through a 10-game stretch scoring one goal or less.
Up next: The Fire host the USL Pro's Richmond Kickers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinal match at Toyota Park.