Ten-man Chicago holds off ColumbusJun 24, 2012 - 2:50 AM Bridgeview, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire are so good at Toyota Park, they only need 10 men.
Marco Pappa and Dominic Oduro scored inside 26 minutes and, despite a red card to Gonzalo Segares in the 29th, Chicago edged the Columbus Crew, 2-1, in Major League Soccer on Saturday night.
The Fire (7-5-3) won their fourth straight home match and are unbeaten in five straight in their stadium on the outskirts of the Windy City.
Tony Tchani scored for the Crew (5-5-4), who had their six-game undefeated run snapped. Columbus last lost in April.
Pappa opened the scoring inside 2 minutes when he sent a shot from outside the box to the top-right corner for his fourth goal this season. Oduro took a pass from Sebastian Grazzini to notch his fifth of the year in the 26th.
Segares was sent off minutes later, and Columbus took advantage in the 36th as Tchani turned a Chris Birchall pass into the net.
The Crew could not build on the goal as it failed to take advantage of the man advantage. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson finished with eight saves, the best in the 56th when he turned a header from Josh Williams wide of the left post.
Chicago improved to 5-1-2 at home, and climbed within three points of Red Bull New York for third place in the Eastern Conference in fourth place.
Columbus remained on 19 points and is in sixth place - just one point ahead of the expansion Montreal Impact and the New England Revolution - in the East.
- COLUMBUS: 1
Jun 23 10:31 PM
- Columbus Goal - Tchani 1 (Birchall), 36th minute
Crew 1, Fire 2 1st - 38'Jun 23 9:16 PM
- Chicago Goal - Oduro 5 (Grazzini), 26th minute
Crew 0, Fire 2 1st - 28'Jun 23 9:06 PM
- Chicago Goal - Pappa 4 (unassisted), 2nd minute
Crew 0, Fire 1 1st - 6'Jun 23 8:44 PM
- COLUMBUS: 0
1st Half - 1'
Jun 23 8:39 PM
- Fire host Rapids to close out home spell Tue
- Oduro helps Crew take down Impact Sat
- Crew, Impact tangle at Crew Stadium Fri
- Paladini helps Fire rally for draw with Timbers Jun 8
- Fire, Timbers square off at Toyota Park Jun 7
- Union cruise past Crew at PPL Park Jun 5
- Union, Crew hoping to take three points Jun 4
- Fire top D.C. United at Toyota Park Jun 2
- Houston settles for point in Columbus Jun 1
- Struggling Chicago, DCU square off at Toyota Park May 31
- Crew, Dynamo hope to return to winning ways May 31
- Crew's Gaven out with ACL tear May 31