McBride opens scoring in Goat's loss to Fire

Chivas USA allow four goals in the final game of 2010

Retiring veteran Brian McBride closed out his professional career in style on Saturday night, scoring a brilliant heel-flick goal to lead the Chicago Fire to a dominating 4-1 victory over Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.

Freddie Ljungberg, Calen Carr and Baggio Husidic each nabbed a second-half goal to secure the Fire’s second win in four games.

Not content to simply take a victory lap on Saturday night, McBride
was dangerous all evening for the visitors. He nearly opened the
scoring in the 18th minute with a trademark leaping header on a
Ljungberg corner kick, but his effort sailed just wide of the right
post.

GOALS
VS
CHIVAS USA   CHICAGO
1   4

40'
McBride
47'
Ljungberg
Maldonado
57'
68'
Carr
93'
Husidic
Comparison
  CHIVAS USA   CHICAGO  

SHO

12
 
15

SHO


SOG

6
 
8

SOG


SVS

4
 
5

SVS


F

9
 
8

F


OFF

3
 
4

OFF


CK

1
 
6

CK

He finally broke through in the 40th minute when he made a darting
run into the Goats box to heel-flick a low pass from Ljungberg past
Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton for 1-0.

McBride, who turned 38 this year, played a solid 51 minutes in his
final appearance before subbing off the field to thunderous applause
from the Home Depot Center crowd.

Chicago continued to press in the second half and doubled their lead
in the 51st minute. Collecting a loose ball in the midfield, Marco Pappa
raced down the left flank and fed a low cross into the Chivas penalty
spot for Ljungerg to one-touch into the right side of Thornton’s net
for a 2-0 lead.

Chivas USA struggled all evening to find any real offensive spark.
They had looked good early, finding some inspiration from Rodolfo
Espinoza on the left flank, but failed to provide any consistent threat
to Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Jesus Padilla almost found the back of the net in the 33rd minute but missed a wide open goal from six yards out.

Giancarlo Maldonado did manage to cut the lead in half in the 57th
minute after he headed a Sal Zizzo cross into the top right corner of
the Chicago net, but his was the only goal that the Goats saw in their
final game of the 2010 MLS season.

The Fire added a third in the 68th minute when Calen Carr collected a long lofted pass from Logan Pause
and broke away toward net. Thornton charged off his line to smother the
attempt, but Carr sidestepped the big Chivas ‘keeper to slot the ball
home into an empty net to make it 3-1.

The final 20 minutes of the game were a chippy affair – Ljungberg
and Espinoza in particular were at each other’s throats all evening and
nearly came to blows in the 72nd minute after a hard foul from
Espinoza. Both were given yellow cards.

Chicago’s Baggio Husidic added a fourth goal in the dying moments of
stoppage time, heading home the rebound from a Marco Pappa blast that
ricocheted off the hands of Thornton.

Besides McBride, the game also marked the Major League Soccer farewell of Fire defender C.J. Brown, who is retiring after a 13-year career, all spent in Chicago.

Chivas USA captain Jonathan Bornstein
also took his MLS bow before moving south to join Mexican First
Division side Tigres UANL. The 25-year-old finished a five-year career
with the Goats in style, taking a moment to thank the fans after the
final whistle.