MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 2-0 FC Dallas (video)
The game in 100 words (or less): The wind whipped through Chicago as the Fire earned the Brimstone Cup through an early goal by David Accam. Meanwhile, FC Dallas - one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer with five straight victories - had little to offer the Fire back line as Chicago cruised to the home win. Even a man up as the game wound down, Dallas conceded a late penalty to put Chicago easily through.
Three moments that mattered
4' - Chicago opened the scoring early. Jason Johnson found Accam with a brilliant through ball, and the Ghanan beat Matt Hedges at the top corner of the box before threading a low shot past Dan Kennedy from a tight angle for an early Fire lead.
79' - Matt Watson, just on a minute earlier as a substitute, threw himself studs up into a 50/50 challenge with Rolando Escobar, leaving the referee no choice but to show him the straight red card.
85' - A man down and on the counter-attack, Chicago earned itself a penalty to win some breathing room. Kellyn Acosta tripped Accam on the very edge of the box, and Shaun Maloney ripped the spot-kick home for a 2-0 lead.
Chicago - Johnson; Jones, Palmer, Gehrig, Larentowicz; Polster, Accam (Nyarko 88'), Shipp, Cocis; Johnson (Igboananike 66'), Maloney.
Goals: Accam 4', Maloney (pen) 85'
Discipline: Watson (straight red) 79'
Dallas - Kennedy; Hollingshead (Hernandez 82'), Loyd, Hedges, Watson; Ulloa (Escobar 58'), Diaz, Castillo, Barrios, Acosta; Texeira (Akindele 46').