Houston, TX (Sports Network) - One week after earning their first three points
of the season, the Chicago Fire face a daunting task on Sunday when they go
for their second consecutive victory against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA
Last time out, the Fire put together a solid 90 minutes at home to come away
with a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.
Chicago fell behind in the 17th minute when New York defender Jamison Olave
connected on a bicycle kick and powered it past Chicago goalkeeper Sean
Things looked to be getting worse for the Fire when Chris Rolfe missed a
penalty kick, but they shook it off and Daniel Paladini scored an equalizer
late in the opening 45 minutes.
Chicago capitalized on its momentum in the second half as Maicon Santos netted
a double to make sure the Fire held on for the victory.
"It was important for us obviously and also for the team, Fire head coach
Frank Klopas said. "For me, more than anything, I never lost belief in the
group and neither did our team."
"The important thing is that we kept working hard. The group is united. There
is a belief," Klopas continued. "It was important not only to play well but to
get the win. I give my team a lot of credit. We have a long way to go, but the
effort, the attitude, the work goes in every day. I feel great about the team
and their effort today. We played good soccer. Again, giving up an early goal
and missing some chances was disappointing. Second half we continued to play
well and defended well. It was a great win."
As for Houston, the Dynamo are coming off a lackluster 2-0 setback against the
Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field.
The sides battled hard over the first 45 minutes and went into the locker room
scoreless, but Ryan Johnson netted a brace in the second half to hand the
Timbers their first win of the season.
"I think all of us were much tighter in the first half, winning some tackles
and second balls and that got away from us a bit in the second half," Dynamo
midfielder Brad Davis said. "That bite can go a long way on the road and on a
tight, compact field like this if you can break the first line of pressure you
can find some space."
Luckily for Houston, the club will be returning to their fortress at BBVA
Compass Stadium for Sunday's tilt.
The Dynamo are riding an impressive 34-match home unbeaten run across all
competitions and has posted a 64-17-32 mark at home since moving to Houston
from San Jose in 2006.
Houston will also have some injury concerns to deal with as young forward Will
Bruin missed the Portland match and it is unclear whether he will be available
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