Wednesday night’s tussle between the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake resulted in familiar scenes at Toyota Park. Both teams were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw, with neither team really doing enough to grab all three points as the Fire became the first team in Major League Soccer history to ever draw five consecutive home matches.
Sean Johnson continued his solid play in goal with several impressive stops. His most notable save occurred in the 28th minute when he tipped over a close range effort from Collen Warner to keep the score level. Marco Pappa, back from Gold Cup duty with Guatemala, had the best chance for the Fire with just under a quarter of an hour remaining. A well worked move saw Dominic Oduro’s deflected pass find Pappa’s run into the RSL box and the Guatemalan’s left-footed shot lacked power and was blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Neither team was able to grab a decisive winner and the result leaves Chicago in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 16 points while RSL remains in fourth in the West with 23 points. The Fire will look to snap their winless streak at Toyota Park on Sunday when they host the New York Red Bulls.
Chicago Fire Blog man of the match: Sean Johnson