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OCSC, Fire lock horns at Toyota Park

Jun 5, 2015 - 8:22 PM Bridgeview, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Eastern Conference rivals will clash on Saturday as the Chicago Fire welcome Orlando City SC to Toyota Park.

Coming off a convincing 3-0 thrashing of the Montreal Impact, the Fire went looking for another victory against East-leading D.C. United, but squandered an early lead and fell to a 3-1 defeat at RFK Stadium.

Chicago opened the scoring in the 28th minute when Harry Shipp sent Quincy Amarikwa on a run down the sideline. Amarikwa sent a cross into the center of the box when David Accam found the bottom right corner to give the Fire a 1-0 lead.

United would answer in the second half when Fabian Espindola sent a cross in to the six yard box to a waiting Jairo Arrieta, who headed the ball in to tie the game in the 61st minute.

Arrieta would strike again eight minutes later with a right-footed shot from the center of the box and beat Chicago goalkeeper Jon Busch for a 2-1 lead.

In the 75th minute Conor Doyle put the game away with a goal. Davy Arnaud sent Nick DeLeon on a run who crossed to Doyle who finished the play off for his first goal of the season.

"If you look at the way we played it was very good and basically at half time it's more of the same. I knew they were going to change the game with putting players on. Espindola comes on and makes a difference but we seemed to stop playing. You've got to credit D.C. for the forceful play but we've got to do better at defending and handling situations," said Fire head coach Frank Yallop.

Orlando City, meanwhile, will try to extend its unbeaten streak to four games following a 2-2 draw with Columbus away from home last time out.

Columbus opened the scoring after just six minutes when Tony Tchani, the former New York Red Bull, got on the end of an excellent cross from Hector Jimenez and nodded it home.

Crew SC regained the lead at 2-1 just past the hour mark as Kei Kamara got on the end of a brilliant ball from Waylon Frances and powered home a header for his league-leading 10th goal of the season.

It looked like Columbus would take all three points, but Pedro Ribeiro came to the rescue in the 89th minute when he blasted a rope of a strike into the corner of the net from 25 yards out.

"I'm obviously disappointed we hadn't won the game - with 25 efforts on goal and all the clear-cut chances we had," said Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath. "So, it looks like we left a couple points on the table for me. Obviously when you score later on, you have salvaged something from the game, but there is no way we shouldn't have taken all three points out of this game tonight. We created six, seven clear cut chances and when you don't take them, invariably it comes back to bite you and that's whats happened to us today. The guys think they tried really hard. Sometimes we gotta try smarter not harder, and we might get a bit more reward from it if we do."