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CHICAGO FIRE V D.C. UNITED

Friday 19th August 2011
Chicago Fire 1 D.C. United 1

Venue: Toyota Park                          Referee: Ricardo Salazar

18 August 2011  KO 9pm (2 am uk time)

Preview:

These 2 teams have met a total of 39 times in which 159 goals have been scored with the Chicago Fire winning 14 games and D.C. United winning 16 times. The Chicago Fire are in need of a moral boasting win to get them off the foot of the Eastern Conference After only winning 2 games so far this season and drawing a massive 14. D.C. United are currently stuck in mid table but after a convincing  4-0 win over Vancouver could give them the confidence for a final push up the table for a playoff position.

Injuries:

Chicago Fire: Mike Banner (knee), Steven Kinney (Groin), Marco Maric (ankle)

D.C. United: Branko Boskovic (ACL tear), Joe Willis (Back), Jed Zayner (knee)

Starting Line Up:

Chicago Fire: Johnson, Gargan, Cuesta, Anibaba, Segares, Pause, Pardo, Pappa, Grazzini, Oduro, Nyarko

D.C. United: Hamid, Kitchen, Jakovic, Mcdonald, Woolard, Najar, Simms, King, Pontius, De Rosario, Davies

 

Match Report:

The first half showed just how much Chicago Fire wanted a win. Not only did Fire have most of the possession but they also created most of the chances with Chicago Fire keeper Johnson only really tested twice.

Chicago Fire controlled the first half early on Kicking the ball up field to cause Hamid to come a long way out of his box to stop a 1 on 1 and clear the ball. United tried to get out of there half but the Chicago defence was to strong.

Some brilliant link up play between Nyarko and Oduro should of put the Fire up at least 3-0 but good keeping by Hamid managed to keep the ball out of the United net.

The best chance of the first half came from Oduro on the 14th minute when he had beaten the United defence and keeper but unfortunately not the far post.

D.C. United spent the majority of the first half fighting to keep possession of the ball, but losing it in the last quarter. They did manage to test Johnson a few times but the keeper had safe hands even when the flag was up for offside.

On the 37th minute Simms was yellow carded for a foul resulting in a direct free kick. Luckily the kick floated safely into the hands of hamid, the United keeper the only reason that Chicago have not scored.

HT: 0-0

Steve Cronin Comes on for Hamid at half time for D.C. United.

The start of the second half had D.C. United look slightly more alive and ready to fight for a win with several attempts at getting the ball down the wing towards Chicago's goal. Unfortunately this was short lived as in the 51st minute Pause took a shot directly at cronin.

This then led to more attempts by the fire at creating chances at goal with a brilliant run by Nyarko followed by amazing play between Grazzini and Oduro, but unfortunately no end result.

Nyarko then creates a play down the field unwilling to let the ball die and manages to cross it to Grazzini in the box who scores the first goal in the 58th minute for Chicago Fire. Just before the restart Wolff comes on for Davies (D.C.)

Oduro creates a chance but fires it over the crossbar. D.C. United start to get frustrated and Jakovic gets booked for fouling Nyarko.

D.C. United get an equalizer from wolff on the 72nd minute even though he seemed offside during play. Chicago Fire deserved to win this game but were let down again by there defensive tactics in the second half.

D.C. United started to wake up after the goal and Chicago Fire seemed deflated after letting another equalizer in. Good defending by Jakovic in keep United in the game to was is turning out to be another even contest as Chicago cant go that extra mile. The frustration between both teams is evident as 5 yellow cards have been handed out.

The Chicago Fire will be disappointed with yet another draw after such a promising start. D.C. United should be more than pleased with a share of the spoils after a one sided first half.

Subs:

Chicago: Paladini on for Grazzini, Chaves on for Pappa, Barouch on for Nyarko

United: Cronin on for Hamid, Wolff on for Davies, Quaranta on for King

 

Full Time: 1-1

Man of the match: Patrick Nyarko
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