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March 9, 2014 3:00 PM EDT
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ W. Anderson‎
Attendance:‬ 8320‎
 
56′ (PG) E. Torres
B. Joya 65′
 

Chivas USA 3-2 Chicago Fire: Burling goal lifts Chivas USA in opener

The center back helped lift the Goats to victory after the Chicago Fire had come back from a 2-0 deficit.

By Jon Arnold

Bobby Burling Chivas USA Alex Chicago Fire MLS 03092014
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Bobby Burling came from the back of the box to head down a corner kick and score the winner for Chivas USA in a 3-2 victory against the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

The center back saved his club the embarrassment of losing a 2-0 lead, after the Fire came back to equalize in a match that saw all five goals scored in the second half.

The match was scoreless until the 56th minute when Gonzalo Segares pulled down Erick “Cubo" Torres after Bakary Soumary, who also lost Burling on the final goal, whiffed on a cross coming his direction and fell to the Goats forward.

Torres stuttered outside the box, stopped up and hit the penalty kick to Sean Johnson’s left as the keeper dove right to give Chivas USA the opening goal of its final campaign under that name.

Chivas USA extended its lead three minutes minutes later when Thomas McNamara direct a Leandro Barrera cross from the left in past Johnson.

But new Fire manager Frank Yallop made a substitution after each goal and both paid off. Less than a minute after coming on for his MLS debut, U.S. youth international Benji Joya cleaned up an Alex shot for the Fire’s opening goal. Quincy Amarikwa had a solo effort six minutes later to bring the teams even.

But Mauro Rosales’ 88th minute corner was put in by Burling to give Chivas USA its first opening weekend victory since 2009.

The second half flurry of action was welcome for neutrals after a first half went by that saw very little in the way of scoring chances - or anything else save a run or two by the Chicago Fire’s Alex.

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Chivas USA

1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Bobby Burling
Defender
40′ 89′
 - 
3
 - 
4
Tony Lochhead
Defender
 - 
7
Mauro Rosales
Striker
 - 
8
 - 
15
Eric Avila
Midfielder
 - 
30
O. Minda
Midfielder
 - 
17
Thomas McNamara
Midfielder
59′ 79′
 - 
9
E. Torres
Striker
56′ 90′
 - 
11
 - 

Chicago Fire

 - 
25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
 - 
34
 - 
13
 - 
5
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
61′
 - 
20
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
63′
 - 
-
 - 
33

Substitutes

18
 - 
6
 - 
16
 - 
-
Donny Toia
Striker
 - 
10
 - 
19
L. Moore
Striker
79′
 - 
26
Matt Fondy
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
28
Kyle Reynish
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
16
 - 
54
B. Joya
Midfielder
63′ 65′ 78′
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Striker
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
75′
 - 
24

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1