Chivas Wins Hard Fought War With Fire
As the crazy kickoff weekend wraps up, we got to see the Chicago Fire and Chivas USA in action. Both squads were looking to rebound from a rough 2013 season and 2014 offers a lot of promise. It was a roller coaster match that ended with a late score to give Chivas USA their first win of the year, 3-2.
Both sides remained scoreless during the first half. Chivas USA dominated in the first half as Chicago struggled to get shots off, let alone on goal. The amount of possession was pretty unbalanced, with Chivas holding 55 percent of the total time on the ball
The excitement didn't begin until the second half when Chivas hit a penalty kick in the 56th minute. Fire defender Gonzalo Segares pulled Erick Torres down inside the box. Torres took the subsequent penalty and broke the deadlock, placing the home team up 1-0.
Three minutes later, Chivas rookie Thomas McNamara added another point to push Chivas to a 2-0 lead. Chivas midfielder Leandro Barrera set up the young standout to double the lead 2-0 with 30 minutes left to play.
Chicago was far from defeated and brought in recently acquired midfielder Benji Joya. Joya sparkled in his MLS debut by scoring a goal on his first regular season touch. When Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy deflected a long shot, Joya chipped the deflection behind Kennedy to place Chicago on the board.
Quincy Amarikwa tied the match up with a beautiful long shot. With two people harrasing him, Amarikwa shot a well placed ball from well outside the box. Kennedy, who missed the save, was not happy about the shot.
The match only intensified with both sides trying to secure three points. With two minutes left till stoppage time, Bobby Burling nailed a well placed header to bump Chivas to a 3-2 lead. Chicago was unable to recover from this deficit and opens 2014 with a hard fought loss.
This was a disappointing start fro Frank Yallop's squad who face the Portland Timbers in their next match. Chivas, on the other hand, started their season with a much needed confidence boost. Vancouver will test the newly rebuilt team in their next match.