Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on
Wednesday to clinch the Brimstone Cup with the club's first win over Dallas at
The Fire entered Wednesday's affair with an 0-5-1 record against Dallas at the
venue, and they even looked likely to extend that poor record when Matt Hedges
opened the scoring four minutes before halftime.
But Chicago (5-3-3) ultimately prevailed as Sebastian Grazzini and Marco Pappa
scored to lift the club to 18 points on the season and doom Dallas (3-7-4) to
an eight-game winless run.
The visitors went in front when Sean Johnson failed to safely parry away a
shot off a corner kick. The rebound fell to Hedges who slammed home his first
goal of the season.
Chicago was able to equalize before the close of the first half as Grazzini
collected a pass from Pappa and ripped a shot past Kevin Hartman from outside
Dallas had a golden opportunity to regain the lead when Bruno Guarda earned a
suspect penalty, going down easily on a soft challenge from Dominic Oduro. But
justice was served when Johnson produced a fine save from Blas Perez's ensuing
The visitors were on the short end of the stick at the other end of the pitch
when Chicago bagged a questionable go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute.
The Fire were awarded a just penalty by Hilario Grajeda as Carlos Rodriguez
barged into Pappa from behind. Grazzini had his subsequent kick saved by
Hartman and Pappa was able to stuff home the rebound despite clearly
encroaching inside the box before the initial shot was taken. Nevertheless,
the goal stood and Pappa gladly secured his third goal of the season.
Chicago will go for a second straight win Saturday when it heads to Crew
Stadium to face the Columbus Crew, while FC Dallas will look to reverse its
fortunes against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium.