Saturday, September 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Fire 3, Chivas USA 2
By Charlie Corr
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Here is a quick look at the Chicago Fire's 3-2 victory against Chivas USA on Saturday at Toyota Park:
How it happened: Fire scoring leader Dominic Oduro came through with a shorthanded, go-ahead goal for a 3-2 lead in the 85th minute that held up. Fire defender Cory Gibbs provided a dream start for Chicago, heading home Sebastian Grazzini's corner kick in the second minute for a 1-0 lead. In the 26th minute, Chivas' Juan Pablo Angel was responsible for an own goal to give the Fire a 2-0 cushion. Gibbs' day was cut short in the 37th minute when he was issued a red card for fouling Chivas' Michael Lahoud. The Goats made full use of their one-man advantage. Chivas' Angel and Nick LaBrocca netted goals in the 61st and 63rd minutes, respectively, to level the score at 2-2.
What it means: The Fire improved to 5-8-15 (30 points) and Chivas fell to 7-12-10 (31 points). Chicago has won three of its last four league games, with all three victories coming at Toyota Park.
Outside the box: For the first time this season, the Fire surrendered a two-goal advantage, but Oduro helped Chicago overcome that setback. ... Chivas erased its three-game goal-less streak. The Goats entered the match having been shut out against the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake and D.C. United by a combined 5-0 margin.
Up next: The Fire host the New England Revolution at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Toyota Park.