Match Recap: FCD 1, Chicago 1

Draw with Chicago keeps undefeated record at Toyota Park

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With goals from Brian McBride and David Ferreira, Chicago Fire and FC Dallas played to an uninspiring 1-1 draw at Toyota Park on Thursday night.

FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira got the scoring started in the 6th minute, when he hit a shot past Fire keeper Andrew Dykstra from 10 yards out on the right side of the box.

The play began with a long ball to Ferreira from the right side of the Dallas defense. Fire center back Wilman Conde got a touch on the initial ball, but slipped and couldn’t clear the danger. After sprinting past the fallen Conde, Ferreira ran into the area and cut inside to beat defender C.J. Brown before burying his left-footed effort.

The Fire had their own chances to score, the first of which came in the 21st minute. After some solid combination play on the left sideline, midfielder Mike Banner launched a perfect cross onto the head of midfielder Baggio Husidic at the back post. Despite being relatively unmarked, Husidic pounded his header into the ground from just six yards out, allowing Dallas to clear the ball for a corner kick.

Banner would then waste not only the opportunity to pull Chicago even, but also his clearest chance of the game. In the 35th minute, Justin Mapp hit a low cross from the left side of the box, but the 25-year-old somehow managed to hit it over the bar from three yards out.

Chicago finally found the tying goal in the 40th minute. Mapp picked up the ball on the left wing and hit an early cross towards forward Brian McBride, who was clearly offside. The flag stayed down, however, and McBride headed the ball over the outstretched arms of Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman and into the back of the net from the penalty spot.

Both teams struggled to create any chances of note in the second half. The best opportunity of the half came in the 75th minute, when substitute Fire forward Collins John collected winger Patrick Nyarko’s through ball on the right edge of the area before turning and hitting a shot just wide of the net.

For the most part, Dallas looked content with earning a draw, playing a more defensive style as the game wore on.

Chicago had one final half-chance in second half stoppage time. Dallas couldn’t clear Fire substitute midfielder Marco Pappa’s corner kick and several Chicago players appeared to have decent looks at net but couldn’t quite connect with the ball.

With the draw, Chicago’s record now stands at 2-3-4, while Dallas moves to 2-2-6.

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