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July 21, 2012 7:30 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
 

Chicago Fire 0-1 Aston Villa: Premier League side takes tepid friendly

Brad Guzan kept a clean sheet on his return to Chicago, with Aston Villa beating the Fire thanks to an Abonlahor header.

By Zac Lee Rigg

 Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa; Arne Friedrich, Chicago Fire
David Banks
Aston Villa won a second consecutive match by a 1-0 scoreline on its U.S. preseason tour, this time dispatching the Chicago Fire. Earlier the Premier League club had beaten the Philadelphia Union in Paul Lambert's first game as coach.

In the first half Gabriel Agbonlahor powered a header home for the opening goal after muscling aside Arne Friedrich.

In perhaps the only lasting storyline from a sluggish friendly marked by copious amounts of substitutions, the goalscorer was stretchered off midway through the second half with an apparent knee problem.

Late in the second half U.S. international goalkeeper Brad Guzan was given a cursory run-out in his hometown of Chicago. The game took place in Bridgeview, Ill.'s Toyota Park.

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Chicago Fire

18
Jay Nolly
Goalkeeper
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33
Dan Gargan
Defender
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3
Arne Friedrich
Defender
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4
Austin Berry
Defender
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3
Hunter Jumper
Defender
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19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
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11
Daniel Paladini
Midfielder
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7
Alex
Midfielder
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8
R. Robayo
Midfielder
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-
M. Pappa
Midfielder
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15
Orr Barouch
Striker
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Aston Villa

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31
Shay Given
Goalkeeper
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43
Eric Lichaj
Defender
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2
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5
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22
Gary Gardner
Midfielder
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16
Fabian Delph
Midfielder
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32
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17
Chris Herd
Midfielder
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-
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11
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10

Substitutes

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
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4
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13
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-
Tony Walls
Defender
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18
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12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
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14
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-
Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
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-
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8
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-
F. Puppo
Striker
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Substitutes

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33
Andy Marshall
Goalkeeper
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34
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13
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19
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6
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14
Brett Holman
Midfielder
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40
 - 
8
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46
Barry Bannan
Midfielder
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36
Daniel Johnson
Midfielder
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14

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Results
January Friendlies
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Jonathan Jonathan
Striker
Salzburg
1 1
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
1 1
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
1 0
Jakub Blaszczykowski Jakub Blaszczykowski
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
1 0
Marcel Gaus Marcel Gaus
Striker
Kaiserslautern
1 0