Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011Posted: 6:20 p.m. Updated: 8:22 p.m.
Dominic Oduro scored in the 85th minute to give the short-handed Chicago Fire a 3-2 victory against Chivas USA on Saturday.Fire defender Cory Gibbs scored on asecond-minute header, and the Fire went up 2-0 in the 25th on anown-goal by Chivas striker Juan Pablo Angel, who was trying to clearPavel Pardo's free kick.But Gibbs was ejected in the 37th byreferee Jorge Gonzalez, and Chivas (7-12-10, 31 points) took advantageof the 10-man Fire in the second half. The visitors broke a three-gamescoreless streak in the 61st minute on a goal by Angel and tied it inthe 63rd on Nick LaBrocca's score."Obviously, it's a great victory forthe team," said Frank Klopas, the Fire's interim coach and technicaldirector. "The one thing I can tell you is I'm very proud of the guysbecause they never gave up. Maybe in the past games like this we don'tfind ways to win."Obviously, the game changed with thered card. ... It was definitely a different game with a man down. Wedropped a little too deep."Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson madesix saves to keep the Fire in the game, including stopping Angel on aone-on-one breakaway in the 54th minute.The Fire (5-8-15, 30 points) brokethe tie when substitute Diego Chaves passed the ball to Patrick Nyarkoto the right of Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Instead of shooting,Nyarko passed across the goalmouth to the speedy Oduro, who brokebehind the defense and shot the ball into a wide-open net for his 10thgoal of the season.Oduro is the first Chicago player to score in double digits for a season since Damani Ralph in 2004.Both clubs trail Portland in the racefor the 10th and final MLS playoff spot, with D.C. United and the NewYork Red Bulls also in the mix.Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materialmay not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.