on April 30, 2007 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Fire 1, Dynamo 0

HOUSTON (AP) _ Chris Rolfe scored the only goal of the game, Matt Pickens made three saves for his second shutout of the season and the Chicago Fire beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Sunday night.

Chicago improved to 3-0-1 on the season and moved into a tie with New York atop the Eastern Conference Standings.

The Dynamo (1-2-1), meanwhile, lost their first home match of the season after recording four points _ a scoreless tie and a 1-0 win _ in their previous two games at home.

Rolfe provided all the offense in the 60th minute when he took a pass from Gonzalo Segares and made a move that sent Houston defender Wade Barrett to the turf, clearing the way for an easy scoring chance.

Rolfe’s shot sailed past Houston goalie Pat Onstad, giving the Fire all the scoring they would need against the defending MLS champions, who have scored one goal in their first four games in 2007.

Onstad faced five shots. He has allowed one goal in each of his two losses this season.

Houston’s best chance to tie the game came in the 82nd minute when Stuart Holden, who entered the game as a substitute, found some room down low after taking a pass from Dwayne De Rosario.

But his shot sailed well wide of the goal.

Houston dominated play in the first half, outshooting the Fire 5-2.

In the fourth minute, De Rosario found some space just outside the box and fired a shot that Pickens stopped easily.

Pickens made his second stop of the game 18 minutes later when he stopped a header by Eddie Robinson. Houston had its best scoring chance of the half stopped when a header by Brian Ching _ on a corner kick by Brad Davis _ glanced off the cross bar.

The Fire’s Gonzalo Segares received the games first yellow card when he was cited for tackling Ching from behind in the 21st minute.

Cards were not handed out, however, in the 62nd minute when Ching and Chris Armas nearly came to blows near midfield.