John Goossens and Rodrigo Ramos were in the middle of most of the Fire's chances throughout the match so it only seemed fair that the pair would both factor into the game-winning goal on Friday.
In the 58th minute, Ramos crossed a ball into the box from the right side which was directed for Kennedy Igboananike. Igboananike didn't win the initial header, but it was headed out into the path of Goossens. Goossens drilled the ball with his first touch on his left foot and scored his first Major League Soccer goal.
That goal stood as the only one of the match in a 1-0 Fire win against the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
"It was hard for the goalie to see the ball because Kennedy stepped over it," Goossens said. "So he was a bit late to react and that’s why it went in. I think it was a perfect time to score. We had a really good game. We had a lot of pressure on their back and in the end I think it was a great game.”
The Fire (3-7-5, 14 points) picked up a second win in three home matches and snapped a three-game winless streak in MLS play. A crowd of 16,487 watched the game and the fireworks that came after the match.
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The first half featured a slow start, especially from the Fire. San Jose (5-5-7, 22 points) forwards Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa were largely kept in check other than an Amarikwa header that forced a diving save from Sean Johnson.
Joao Meira and Kennedy Igboananike had powerful shots in the first half as part of a strong finish to the first half for the Fire. The Fire outshot San Jose 16-6 and had a 7-2 edge in shots on goal.
John Goossens nutmegged two Earthquakes in the first half and Rodrigo Ramos was very aggressive going forward at right back. Most of the Fire's attacking buildup came from those two on the right side.
"They executed a gameplan that we had and I think it was a fantastic game," Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said of his team's performance. "I think we had the hero of the game for sure here (Goossens), scoring the goal and playing that way."
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Late in the game Fire forward David Accam and San Jose defender Fatai Alashe collided and went down immediately. After a stoppage, Accam got to his feet and returned. Alashe did not and San Jose, which was already out of subs finished the match with 10 men.
The Fire return to action next Saturday, July 9, in Toronto. Dutch forward Michael de Leeuw will be eligible to make his debut.