They huffed, and they puffed, and the Chicago Fire blew the goals down.
Chance after chance, Chicago threatened to score goals the entire first half. Just when the Dynamo appear to be in the clear during stoppage time before the half, Baggio Husidic of the Fire knocked in the first goal of the game.
The Dynamo came out of the gate in the second half hungry for a goal. By the time the game finished, they left starving.
That's not to say they didn't have their chances. The Dynamo took 11 shots against the Fire's rookie goalkeeper, including a pair In the 57th minute. Mike Chabala sent a deep cross into the box, where Andrew Hainault headed the ball into the outstretched arms of Andrew Dykstra, the Fire goalkeeper. He blocked the shot straight to Dominic Oduro, who headed the ball back onto goal. This time, Dykstra was able to hold on to the ball and kill the Dynamo's chances.
In the 67th minute, the Fire's Patrick Nyarko sent a cross from the right wing into the Dynamo's box. Peter Lowry was able to jump in front of Pat Onstad and chest the ball into goal for the local team. The two-goal lead with 20 minutes to spare all but killed a Dynamo rally for a tie.
The Dynamo once again finished the game with fewer players than it started. They lost Geoff Cameron to a right knee injury in the 30th minute. Then in the 80th minute, a bizarre aerial challenge led to a second yellow card for Dynamo youngster Danny Cruz, which meant the automatic red card.
Minutes later, with tempers flared, Fire midfielder Krzysztof Krol was ejected for head-butting Luis Angel Landin.
The Dynamo return to action with two home games in four days. They host the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday, May 1, and then a Cinco de Mayo clash with those bastards FC Dallas.
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