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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Fire shut out by Earthquakes in preseason

By ESPNChicago.com

The Chicago Fire was shut out by the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-0, on Saturday in Oxnard, Calif. to close out the West Coast portion of their training camp.

Steven Lenhart and Brad Ring scored first-half goals for the Earthquakes.

Dominic Oduro had a strong chance for the Fire in the opening half, hitting a low drive that San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch turned around the left post for a corner kick.

The Chicago Fire reserves played a separate game simultaneously, getting a 58th-minute penalty kick from Orr Barouch and a 68th-minute header from Pari Pantazopoulos to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Ventura County Fusion.

The final phase of the Fire’s preseason begins on Wednesday in Charleston, S.C. While in South Carolina, the team will play games against DC United (Feb. 25), Columbus Crew (Feb. 29) and Charleston Battery (March 3), as part of the 2012 Carolina Challenge Cup.