The MLS form guide was torn up on Sunday evening as Chicago Fire snapped FC Dallas’ impressive run with a 2-0 victory at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas came in on top of the Western Conference, while Chicago Fire have been struggling in the East but none of that mattered on Sunday night.
It was a perfect start from Chicago Fire as they looked to defend the Brimstone Cup and just four minutes in they had the opener. David Accam made a great run on to the ball, to receive it on the right hand side before slotting it past the keeper.
With a surprising lead, the league strugglers were able to actually try and control the proceedings and hold Dallas out. It created a bit of a dull match, compared to a high scoring day the 24 hours before as that goal was the only notable play of the first half.
The next chance didn’t come until the 56th minute as Accam was at it again, forcing a good save from Dan Kennedy. In the 63rd minute again it was Kennedy who made the vital save as he stopped Jason Johnson’s volley with his chest.
After coming off the bench, Kennedy Igboananike probably would have doubled the Chicago lead if not for a poorly timed slip. In the 79th minute Chicago put their position in big trouble after Matt Watson lunged at Rolando Escobar and earned a straight red card.
But Dallas did not take advantage of the extra man and in the 85th minute Kellyn Acosta fouled Igbonanike in the box. That allowed Shaun Maloney to step up and hit the penalty past the keeper sealing the three points for Chicago Fire.