FRISCO, Texas – This week on the FCD Rewind series is FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire from July 14, 2018. The match will be rebroadcasted this Sunday, May 3 from 7-9PM on TXA 21. It will also be available to stream the following Monday on fcdallas.com/OnDemand.
Here’s some background on the game and a few reasons to tune in this Sunday evening.
The Brimstone Cup rivalry between FC Dallas and Chicago Fire is always hotly contested and this matchup from the 2018 season was no different. Dallas entered the match atop the Western Conference but was coming off a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Real Salt Lake. Chicago was struggling for form with only one win in its last six games and sat in 8th place in the East. With FCD looking to keep hold of its top seed and Chicago needing three points to jump back above the playoff line, the stage was set for a tense 90 minutes at Toyota Stadium.
Although four of the FCD starters from this game have since moved on, the back five looks very familiar. Goalkeeper Jesse González and the backline of Reggie Cannon, Matt Hedges, Reto Ziegler and Ryan Hollingshead – which became FCD’s first-choice defense through 2019 and 2020 – were also picked to start in this 2018 matchup by head coach Óscar Pareja. Although Chicago scored an 86th minute consolation goal, the backline did its job for most of the game and limited the Fire to one shot on target over the whole 90 minutes.
This game saw one of Dallas’ most dominant performances from the 2018 season. FCD enjoyed 60% possession and outshot Chicago 23 to five. Dallas capitalized on its supremacy in the 27th minute with a rare goal from defensive midfielder Carlos Gruezo. Chicago’s night got a lot tougher in the second half when Drew Conner was shown a second yellow card for a late tackle on Hollingshead. Dallas wasted no time and doubled its advantage four minutes later through Homegrown star Kellyn Acosta in one of his final games at Toyota Stadium before making the move north with the Colorado Rapids.