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April 23, 2011 8:30 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 12473‎
 

Chicago Fire 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Late Bobby Boswell header steals a point for Houston

A late header from Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell earned his side a point after Chicago were unable to convert their chances.

By David Gubala

Cam Weaver; Yamith Cuesta, Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire, MLS
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BRIDGEVIEW, Il. – A Bobby Boswell header in the 83rd minute was enough to extend
Chicago’s winless streak to four matches. The Men in Red played out to a 1-1 draw
on a clear Saturday evening at Toyota Park.
Despite a 17th minute Diego Chaves lead, the Fire was unable to take advantage
of Houston’s uninspired performance and unfortunately let loose in the ending
stages of the game. This leaves many questions left unanswered for the Fire as they
desperately need to find their winning momentum in 2011.
FIRST HALF
From the get-go, the Chicago Fire poured a plethora of attacking plays on Houston.
The home side knowing their current circumstances was fully aware of what they
had to get done.
First legitimate chance came from the hosts in the 7th minute when Diego Chaves
drilled an open shot from 25 yards out only to see it smothered out by Tally Hall for
his first save of the night.
Houston saw their game open up minutes later when Cam Weaver sprinted
alongside Segares, hoping to find a frequently open Will Bruin.
The Fire broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when nifty Pappa legs forced the
Houston defense to crack open and found Chaves who fired the ball home. That
marked Chaves’s 4th goal this season as well as the 99th regular season goal at
Toyota Park, which was frankly enough scored by number 99.
Midway through the second half, Dynamo started scraping some more chances in
the visitor’s half but chances went begging. Weaver and Bruin were struggling to
adjust to the speed of play leaving the Dynamo desperate for more offensive ammo.
That similar play and momentum carried on through the rest of the second half,
leaving the Fire with a 1-nil advantage heading into the locker room.
SECOND HALF
The second half kicked off with the visitors applying pressure early on. Lovel Palmer
notched down a bullet in the 46th minute but it just skimmed Conway’s left post.
Both sides continued exchanging possession, creating not too much in their
opponent’s halves. Houston was the more motivated looking side, forced long balls
that proved to create minor trouble for Chicago.
Best chance for the Fire came in the 62nd minute when a poorly cleared out Marco
Pappa free kick found an unmarked Baggio Husidic who skied the ball over from
twelve yards out.
Only five minutes following that, Dominic Oduro was fortunate enough to make the
most off a Nyarko through pass and found himself in a one v one situation with Hall
hitting the crossbar. Dominic Oduro was arguably the most active player for Chicago
this evening finding himself only unfortunate in front of the goal.
Houston were looking a tad bit more energetic in the 71st minute when Will Bruin’s
effort down the wing was able to find plenty of orange numbers. A similar chance
was repeated five minutes later when Corey Ashe’s cross scrambled its way into
Bruin’s feet who unfortunately put the effort away well over the bar.
Houston continued pouring trouble on Chicago and was finally rewarded in the 83rd
minute when Bobby Boswell was able to crank a header in the net off a Dynamo
corner.
Despite putting in a fresh-legged Puerari, the Fire was unable to scrape a victory
in this one. This puts the Men in Red winless in their last four appearances leaving
them with a mere one point out of twelve possible.
BRIDGEVIEW, Il. – A Bobby Boswell header in the 83rd minute was enough to extend Chicago’s winless streak to four matches. The Men in Red played out to a 1-1 draw on a clear Saturday evening at Toyota Park.

Despite a 17th minute opener from Diego Chaves, the Fire was unable to take advantage of Houston’s uninspired performance and unravelled in the ending stages of the game. This leaves many questions left unanswered for the Fire as they desperately look to find their winning 
momentum in 2011.

First Half

From the get-go, the Chicago Fire threw a plethora of attacking plays at Houston. The home side, given its current circumstances, was fully aware of what they had to get done.

The first legitimate chance came from the hosts in the 7th minute when Diego Chaves drilled an open shot from 25 yards out only to see it smothered out by Tally Hall for his first save of the night.
Houston saw their game open up minutes later when Cam Weaver sprinted alongside Segares, hoping to find a frequently open Will Bruin.

The Fire broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when a nifty Pappa move forced the Houston defense to crack open and found Chaves who fired the ball home. That marked Chaves’s 4th goal this season as well as the 99th regular season goal atToyota Park, which was coincidentally enough scored by number 99.

Midway through the second half, Dynamo started scraping some more chances in the Chicago’s half but thosee chances went begging. Weaver and Bruin were struggling to adjust to the speed of play leaving the Dynamo desperate for more offensive ammo.
Those trends carried through the rest of the first half, leaving the Fire with a one-nil advantage heading into the locker room.

Second Half

The second half kicked off with the visitors applying pressure early on. Lovel Palmer fired a bullet in the 46th minute but it just skimmed Conway’s left post.

Both sides continued exchanging possession, not creating many threats on either end. Houston was the more motivated looking side, forced long balls that proved to create minor trouble for Chicago.
The best chance for the Fire came in the 62nd minute when a poorly cleared out Marco Pappa free kick found an unmarked Baggio Husidic who skied the ball over from twelve yards out.

Only five minutes following that, Dominic Oduro was fortunate enough to make the most off a Nyarko through pass and found himself in a one-on-one situation with Hall, but hit the crossbar. Dominic Oduro was arguably the most active player for Chicago on the evening, but finding himself unfortunate in front of the goal.

Houston were looking a bit more energetic in the 71st minute when Will Bruin’s effort down the wing was able to find plenty of orange shirts. A similar chance came five minutes later when Corey Ashe’s cross found its way into Bruin’s feet who put the effort away well over the bar.

Houston continued pouring trouble on Chicago and was finally rewarded in the 83rd minute when Bobby Boswell was able to crank a header in the net off a Dynamo corner.

Despite putting in a fresh-legged Gaston Puerari, Chicago was unable to scrape a victory in this one. This puts the Men in Red winless in their last four appearances leavingthem with a mere one point out of twelve possible.
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Chicago Fire

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Jon Conway
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
Josip Mikulić
Defender
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
76′
 - 
-
Yamith Cuesta
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
 - 
4
Baggio Husidic
Midfielder
64′
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
 - 
8
Dominic Oduro
Striker
21′ 82′
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D. Cháves
Striker
18′ 91′
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14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
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M. Pappa
Midfielder
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Houston Dynamo

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1
Tally Hall
Goalkeeper
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20
Geoff Cameron
Midfielder
 - 
32
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-
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-
 - 
26
Corey Ashe
Defender
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
95′
 - 
11
Brad Davis
Midfielder
 - 
44
Danny Cruz
Striker
67′
 - 
23
Cam Weaver
Striker
 - 
12
Will Bruin
Striker
86′

Substitutes

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
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-
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-
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-
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11
 - 
15
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G. Puerari
Striker
82′
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Substitutes

 - 
24
Tyler Deric
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
8
 - 
-
 - 
23
Colin Clark
Midfielder
67′
 - 
27
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