Recap: Chivas USA at Chicago Fire

Goats battle and find equalizer through Maicon Santos

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Maicon Santos scored late to cancel out Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic’s 53rd-minute goal, giving Chivas USA a 1-1 draw at Toyota Park on Saturday night.

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Santos scored in the 76th minute, just seven minutes after coming into the match, when he headed home a Sacha Kljestan
corner kick from six yards out. Kljestan put his corner right on the
head of the onrushing Santos, who found the space in the box to head
home inside the right post of Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra

Husidic, who scored the first of the Fire’s two goals in last week’s
shutout victory over Houston, gave Chicago the lead eight minutes after
the break. The play started when Chicago midfielder Mike Banner received a Marco Pappa pass on the left sideline. 

Banner, who came on in the 22nd minute after Justin Mapp sustained a lower left leg injury, hit a cross towards winger Patrick Nyarko at the back post. Nyarko drew Chivas goalie Zach Thornton out of the net before finding the charging Husidic, who tapped the ball in from three yards out.

After Chivas USA had equalized, the Fire came close to adding a
second goal in the 80th minute. Again, Nyarko was in the middle of the
action, getting behind the Chivas defense and running onto a ball on
the right wing.The Ghanaian winger cut in along the end line but could
not find either of the two Chicago players running towards the net, and
Chivas were able to clear the danger. 

Nearly all the action took place in the second half of the game. The
best chance of the first half came five minutes from the interval, when
Kljestan tried his luck from distance. The Chivas captain lashed a
right-footed effort at net from 35 yards, forcing Dykstra to parry the
ball out for a corner kick.

Brian McBride made his 200th regular season appearance for the Fire, after fellow Chicago forward Collins John was a late scratch. 

Scoring Summary: 

CHI -- Baggio Husidic 2 (Patrick Nyarko 4, Marco Pappa 2) 52 

CHV -- Maicon Santos 1 (Sacha Kljestan 1) 76 

Misconduct Summary:

CHV -- Dario Delgado (caution; Reckless Tackle) 68

Lineups

Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Jonathan Bornstein, Jesus Padilla (Marcelo Saragosa 89), Mariano Trujillo, Michael Lahoud (Maicon Santos 69), Blair Gavin, Ben Zemanski, Justin Braun (Chukwudi Chijindu 79), Sacha Kljestan.

Chicago Fire -- Andrew Dykstra, Tim Ward, C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Deris Umanzor, Patrick Nyarko, Peter Lowry, Marco Pappa, Baggio Husidic, Justin Mapp (Mike Banner 22) (Julio Martinez 81), Brian McBride (Stefan Dimitrov 88).

Referee: Jasen Anno

Referee's Assistants: Anthony Vasoli; Cameron Blair

4th Official: Geoff Gamble

Attendance: 13,224

Weather: Partly cloudy, 72 degrees