The Chicago Fire may not have earned their staple win for the season, like they wanted, but their defense proved to be the staple in a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Dynamo forward Cam Weaver scored the opening tally in the second half at the 61st minute mark. The score was his first in over two years and was designed from five Dynamo players across the pitch before Brad Davis tapped a pass to Weaver in the box.
Not only two minutes later, the Fire’s top goal scorer, Mike Magee netted the game-tying goal. Patrick Nyarko dribbled down the right wing and sent a low cross to Magee to send it pass Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall. Magee’s goal was his 13th on the season tying him for the league total.
The battle-tested first half left both teams with injuries to key offensive role players. In the 14th minute the Dynamo’s Andrew Driver left the pitch with a right Achilles injury while the Fire’s Alex left after a hard foul by Giles Barnes.
The Dynamo looked to take in the 69th minute with the substitution of Warren Creavalle. Creavalle sent a hard shot to Fire goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi and in the 76th minute Dynamo rookie Jason Johnson broke from the left flank for a one-on-one only to have Tornaghi block the shot.
The Men in Red return to action on Saturday, Aug. 3 on the road at PPL Park against Eastern Conference opponent Philadelphia Union at 7:00 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9). Four days later they will host D.C. United at Toyota Park for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT.