The Chicago Fire and the Houston Dynamo concluded a difficult game night with a draw of 0-0. The Fire traveled to BBVA Compass Stadium and had to handle the extreme heat combined with an away game. Although the draw on July 3 did not add to Chicago's three game winning streak, I think it is still a positive result.
The July 3 match at BBVA Compass Stadium has left the Chicago Fire in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The team earned one point in a game with no goals from either side. Although I would have preferred seeing them add another match to the winning streak, their ability to stop the Houston Dynamo from scoring is still a good sign.
Sean Johnson gave fans another magnificent performance and continued his strong defense. He had 2 saves, a number that was lower than his previous games, but still remained alert. Johnson has been almost a perfect goalie during the 2012 MLS season.
The Chicago Fire focused on defense during the game with the Houston Dynamo. The intense match prevented the Dynamo from scoring, but I think offense suffered in the process. Although this tactic worked against the Houston Dynamo, it will not be sufficient with other teams. I hope to see a greater focus on offense in future games.
The Next Game
The Chicago Fire will return home to face the Los Angeles Galaxy on July 8. The brief break between games, and the ability to play at Toyota Park should give them some advantage. However, the style of play seen on July 3 will not work against the Galaxy. The Fire will not be able to simply focus on defense to survive the game. It is possible that Los Angeles will use David Beckham at the July 8 match, but this has not been confirmed.
Sebastian Grazzini did not travel to the BBVA Compass Stadium and has not been training with the team. The Chicago Fire continue to avoid a clear statement on his future, so he may miss the July 8 match. His contract has not been renewed at this point.
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