Fire center defensive back C.J. Brown

Charlie Corr Blog

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire defense allowed four goals for the second time in MLS play this season when they departed Houston with a 4-3 loss to the Dynamo on Saturday. The number of goals was not the most troubling thing, but rather the way in which Houston scored its tallies -- on set pieces. That was something the Fire were prepared for with Houston, but the Dynamo still cashed in. 

"The thing that we talked about is the only time that they were going to score is on set pieces, and they did it four times," Fire left defensive back Gonzalo Segares said. "It's frustrating because we talked about it." "That's their game -- set pieces," Fire center defensive back C.J. Brown said. "We, as in I, have to do better at it." 

Brown stressed the "I" probably because the man he was marking, Dynamo forward Brian Ching, had a hat trick. And moving forward, Brown was quick to point out that the best remedy for defending against set pieces is simply eliminating them. 

"At the end of the day, I think it comes to limiting the opportunities to have free kicks -- preventing the corner kicks, preventing the free kicks," Brown said. "Doing better at that would help us a lot more. And just as an individual being focused on your man." 

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