The Houston Dynamo Reserves suffered their first loss of the 2011 season Sunday morning, falling 3-0 to the Chicago Fire at the Toyota Park practice field in Bridgeview, Ill. Houston is now 1-1 on the season, with its next match scheduled for Sunday, May 15.
Chicago took the lead in the 16th minute when Orr Barouch played a pass into the penalty area for forward Gabriel Ferrari. Dynamo defender Kofi Sarkodie broke up the play but saw the ball deflect behind goalkeeper Tyler Deric and inside the right-hand post.
The Fire went ahead 2-0 in the 27th minute on a counterattack following a Houston corner kick. Daniel Paladini played a long ball to Gabriel Ferrari, who slipped a pass to Martin Rivas at the top of the box, where he created space and fired a shot into the lower left corner.
Chicago made the score 3-0 in the 41st minute when left back Pari Pantazopoulos broke into the penalty area and fed Rivas. His first shot was denied by a sprawling Deric, but Rivas slotted home the rebound for his second goal of the game.
Houston controlled the second half, outshooting Chicago and going close through Alex Dixon and Je-Vaughn Watson, but Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson finished with four saves to earn the shutout. The Dynamo used four current Dynamo Academy players in the match, with Ábe Matamoros (Strake Jesuit) starting in midfield and Bryan Celis (Katy Mayde Creek), Miguel Zapata (Katy Mayde Creek), and Christian Gonzalez (Spring Woods) all entering as substitutes.
Houston Dynamo (1-1-0) vs. Chicago Fire (1-0-0)
April 24, 2011 -- Toyota Park practice field, Bridgeview, IL
MLS Reserve League -- Central/Mountain Division
CHI -- Own goal (Kofi Sarkodie) 16
CHI -- Martin Rivas 1 (Gabriel Ferrari 1) 27
CHI -- Martin Rivas 2 (unassisted) 41
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Jordan Graye, Eddie Robinson, Mike Chabala, Colin Clark (Bryan Celis 66), Josue Soto, Je-Vaughn Watson (Miguel Zapata 77), Ábe Matamoros (Christian Gonzalez 82), Jason Garey, Alex Dixon.
Substitutes Not Used: Evan Newton.
Chicago Fire -- Sean Johnson, Bratislav Ristic, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Mike Videira (Peter Beasley 65), Pari Pantazopoulos, Corben Bone, Daniel Paladini, Martin Rivas (Brady Wahl 86), Davis Paul, Gabriel Ferrari (Manny Rios 71), Orr Barouch.
Substitutes Not Used: Alec Dufty, Jacob Brindle, Andrew Connor.
CHI -- Mike Videira (caution; Reckless Foul) 60
HOU -- Eddie Robinson (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 61
HOU -- Mike Chabala (caution; Dissent) 69
CHI -- Kwame Watson-Siriboe (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
HOU -- Miguel Zapata (caution; Reckless Tackle) 83
CHI -- Bratislav Ristic (caution; Intentional Handball) 87