MLS RESERVE LEAGUE: Chicago Fire Defeat FC Dallas 2-1 in High-Spirited Affair
CHICAGO, Ill. (May 1, 2013) – The Chicago Fire defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in MLS Reserve League action Wednesday morning at the Toyota Park Practice Field. Two first half goals from Maicon Santos and Corben Bone gave the Fire the lead before a 62nd minute red card ejection to Wells Thompson forced the team to finish the match a man down and stave off a late FC Dallas rally that included a 80th minute Kellyn Acosta goal and a penalty kick call in second half stoppage time.
The Fire opened scoring in the 20th minute when Thompson received the ball on the right flank, made a deep run and crossed for Santos, whose one-time shot pinged off the post into goal to give the Fire the 1-0 lead.
Deep into first half stoppage time, Santos played the ball to Bone. The central midfielder raced towards goal and from just inside the 18 yard box, unleashed a dipping shot that curved around FC Dallas ‘keeper Chris Seitz to double the Fire’s lead heading into halftime.
The Fire would go down a man in the 62nd minute when Thompson was shown his second yellow card of the match for a high boot on Acosta.
With the man advantage, FC Dallas continued to press and would cut the deficit in the 80th minute when Acosta’s bending shot went past an outstretched Paolo Tornaghi into the side netting.
In the 83rd minute, defender Michael Videira was shown a yellow card for a hard challenge 30 yards from goal. Acosta lined up the ensuing free kick but it rattled the crossbar and was cleared by the Fire defense.
FC Dallas would get one last chance in the 91st minute when the referee awarded the visitors a penalty kick for a foul in the box. Bobby Warshaw’s penalty hit the left post and was cleared out by the Fire defense as the match ended 2-1.
Chicago Fire 2 – 1 FC Dallas
Chicago Fire: Paolo Tornaghi; Wells Thompson, Leonardo Silva Lelis*, Joel Leon**, Hunter Jumper; James Ashton* (Michael Videira 63’), Corben Bone, Victor Pineda (Yazid Atouba 19’), Alex (Sherjill MacDonald 46’); Dilly Duka, Maicon Santos (Hayden Cochrane** 76’)
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann
*Guest Player, **Academy Player
FC Dallas: Chris Seitz; Kris Reaves, London Woodberry, Victor Ulloa, Kellyn Acosta; Hudson Santos (Bobby Edet 88’), Bobby Warshaw, Jonathan Top, Je-Vaughn Watson, Marco Ortiz (Marco Carrizales 69’); Bradlee Baladez
Substitutes not used: Kyle Zobeck
CHI – Maicon Santos (Yazid Atouba) 20’
CHI – Corben Bone (Maicon Santos) 45+’
FCD – Kellyn Acosta (unassisted) 80’
CHI – Wells Thompson (caution) 17’
CHI – Joel Leon (caution) 45’
CHI – Wells Thompson (caution, ejection) 62’
CHI – Michael Videira (caution) 83’