CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Fire surrendered two first half goals before using second half strikes from Michael Videira and Corben Bone to earn a 2-2 draw in an international friendly with reigning Mexican league champions Santos Laguna Saturday night at Toyota Park.
Though Santos Laguna controlled much of the possession through the early going, it was the Fire who had the game’s first chance. Dutch striker Sherjill MacDonald found himself with space on the right, dribbled into the box and fired a driven effort that left Santos’ keeper Oswaldo Sanchez flat-footed as it rang off the near post in the 13th minute.
Despite the early effort, it would be the visitors that found the first goal in the 24th minute. Collecting the ball on the right, Santos forward Benjamin Joya dribbled to the top of the Fire box and unleashed an effort past Fire ‘keeper Paolo Tornaghi and inside the right post.
Playing at left back, Fire defender Dan Gargan got in on the action in the 26th minute. Pushing up the flank, the veteran unleashed a powerful blast from 30 yards that forced Sanchez to palm the ball down in order to make the save.
Santos would double their lead three minutes later when Daniel Luduena forced a turnover at the back. The Argentine attacker took a deflected ball off the feet of Fire defender Michael Videira before placing his effort to the left of Tornaghi in the 29th minute.
The Fire’s best chance to respond before halftime came when Corben Bone penetrated on the left before laying off for Alex. The Brazilian attacker took one touch before having his effort deflected out for a corner kick but the ensuing dead ball was nodded away and the home side went into the locker room down 2-0.
Coming out of the break it didn’t take long for the Fire to get on the score board. The sequence would start in the 48th minute when halftime substitute Daniel Paladini’s free kick was tipped over the bar by Miguel Becerra. On the ensuing corner kick, Paladini found Videira charging through the box and the Fire defender volleyed his effort past Becerra from close range to take the score to 2-1.
The Fire would find the equalizer in the 63rd minute when Dominic Oduro dispossessed Juan Pablo Rodriguez at midfield. The fleet Ghanaian sped towards goal before finding Bone up the right side and the third-year Fire midfielder made no mistake, placing his effort under Becerra and inside the back post.
Three minutes later the Fire nearly took the lead. Shifted to the right, Gargan pushed up and earned a free kick 25 yards from goal. On the take, Paladini picked out Gargan at the back post before the Fire defender’s header forced Becerra to push his effort over the bar in the 66th minute.
Making his first start for the Men in Red, Fire Homegrown player Victor Pineda got in on the action in the 68th, picking up a loose ball before firing a low drive to force another save out of Becerra.
Santos had one more chance in the 81st minute as second half substitute Marc Crosas ran onto a ball at midfield before seeing his long-distance blast well held by Tornaghi, leaving the match deadlocked at 2-2 after 90 minutes.
The Fire return to league action when they head to Toronto to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT live on NBC5.2 and 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes.
- The draw takes the Fire’s all-time friendly record to 6-13-4.
- The Fire move to 14-18-6 all-time in matches against international opposition.
- The Fire move to 4-9-3 all-time against Mexican opposition.
- Goals from Michael Videira and Corben Bone are both players first in a first team match.
- Original Fire Homegrown player Victor Pineda made his first start for the first team, logging 90 minutes.
Chicago Fire 2 – 2 Santos Laguna
Chicago Fire: 70-Paolo Tornaghi; 20-Tony Walls, 21-Michael Videira, 99-Hunter Jumper; 3-Dan Gargan, 12-Logan Pause © (Daniel Paladini 46’), 27-Victor Pineda; 8-Dominic Oduro, 71-Alex (17-Pavel Pardo 78’), 19-Corben Bone; 7-Sherjill MacDonald (Jalil Anibaba 46’)
Substitutes not used: 1-Jay Nolly, 13-Gonzalo Segares, 22-Austin Berry, 23-Arne Friedrich, 4-Alvaro Fernandez, 14-Patrick Nyarko, 18-Chris Rolfe
Head Coach: Frank Klopas
Santos Laguna: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez © (25-Miguel Becerra 46’); 2-Oswaldo Alanis, 5-Aaron Galindo (19-Rafael Figueroa 46’), 38-Caesar Ibanez, 57-Kenyi Adachi (20-Osmar Mares 69’); 15-Alejandro Martinez (8-Juan Pablo Rodriguez 46’), 17-Rodolfo Salinas (6-Marc Crosas 46’), 37-Candido Ramirez; 10-Daniel Luduena (87-Walter Sandoval 87’), 49-Carlos Parra (58-Daniel Guzman 73’), 54-Benjamin Joya (67-Carlos Torres 90+’)
Substitutes not used: 69-Luis Alberto Garcia
Head Coach: Benjamin Galindo
CSL - Benjamin Joya (unassisted) 24’
CSL - Daniel Luduena (unassisted) 29’
CHI - Michael Videira (Alex) 48’
CHI - Corben Bone (Dominic Oduro) 63’
CHI – Victor Pineda (caution) 22’
CSL – Kenyi Adachi (caution) 43’
CSL – Candido Ramirez (caution) 51’
CHI – Daniel Paladini (caution) 61’
CSL – Marc Crosas (caution) 72’
CHI – Hunter Jumper (caution) 72’
Statistics CHI CSL
Shots 10 10
Shots on Goal 6 7
Saves 5 5
Fouls 18 11
Corner Kicks 3 5
Offside 0 1
Referee: Jesus Cisneros
Assistants: Anthony Vasoli, Brandon Rinkenberger
Fourth Official: Michael Kennedy