Fire kick off season with draw to FC Dallas


Saturday, March 19, 2011
Posted: 10:39 p.m.

Associated Press

FRISCO, Texas (AP)Milton Rodriguez scored in the 19th minute to help FC Dallas escape with a 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

Rodriguez redirected a pass from Zach Loyd with his right heel into the left corner of the net from just inside the top of the goalies box.

Diego Chaves, making his MLS debut, scored in the 17th minute after he rebounded a deflected save off the right hand of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and scored from 8 yards away.

Chicagos Cory Gibbs had the initial shot.

Loyd started the game in place of Jair Benitez, who missed the game with a suspension for spitting on an opposing player in the teams exhibition game against Houston on February 12th.

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