LIVE from Toyota Park: Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo

Toyota Park during the second rain delay of the night that halted play in the 65th minute.

Post match: After 150 minutes, er 65 minutes, and two lightening delays, the match has been called and the final result stands as 1-1. The first delay occurred during the 12th minute and lasted for 70 minutes. Sadly, the second delay resulted in Major League Soccer officials having to call the game with there being no signs of the rain coming to a halt. The majority of Toyota Park had already left the stadium and nearly all of the seats had been abandoned as supporters sought shelter.

The result comes as a disappointment for Chicago as 25 more minutes of action could surely have resulted in the men in red grabbing a winner. The Fire were in control for the majority of the second half and both the players and coaches were adamant they would have been able to secure all three points had the match continued. But at the end of the day and in the words of Logan Pause after tonight’s match, “it is what it is”.

Pre-match: It’s a windy one here and rain looks imminent here in Bridgeview but no one will be complaining too much after waiting three weeks for another home match at Toyota Park. The Chicago Fire welcome last season’s MLS Cup finalists, Houston Dynamo, in hopes of bouncing back from a 2-0 defeat to Colorado two weeks ago. Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

 Chicago Fire:

Starting XI: Johnson, Gargan, Friedrich, Anibaba, Segares, Pappa, Grazini, Pause, Pardo, Nyarko, Oduro.

Bench:Tornaghi, Berry, Jumper, Paladini, Robayo, Barouch, Puppo.

Houston Dynamo:

Starting XI: Hall, Hainault, Cameron, Bosell, Taylor, Watson, Sturgis, Camargo, Ashe, Ching, Bruin

Bench: Deric, Creavalle, Sarkodie, Dixon, Carr, Kandji, Weaver

Stay tuned for more updates at half-time and after the final whistle. In the meantime, follow @ChicagoFireBlog on Twitter for instant updates and analysis. 

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