Chicago Fire Draw Chivas USA 1-1 in Preseason FriendlyFebruary 5, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Chicago Fire
Chivas USA opened scoring in the 39th minute when U.S. International Juan Agudelo led the Chivas USA counterattack. Agudelo played the ball into the box for Miller Bolaños. The Ecuadorian midfielder placed his shot just out of reach of Fire 'keeper Paolo Tornaghi to give the hosts the 1-0 advantage.
Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas inserted Atouba into the lineup at halftime and the move paid immediate dividends. In the 52nd minute Chris Rolfe found Atouba on the left wing. The Cameroonian Youth International dribbled the ball into the box and chipped the ball over Chivas USA goalkeeper Tim Melia and into the goal for the equalizer.
In the 61st minute the Fire made seven changes and used the remainder of the match to evaluate draft picks and trialists. A total of 25 players participated in the club's third preseason match.
The Fire continue to train in California for the duration of the week before a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara (6:00 p.m. CT) and 2012 MLS Supporters' Shield winners San Jose Earthquakes (8:00 p.m. CT) at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets for the doubleheader are $12 for adults and $8 for youth.
The Fire will return to Chicago on Sunday and will have two days off before heading to Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Challenge Cup on Feb. 13.
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