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Fire Mon Aug 10 2009

Fire Fall to Houston

The Western Conference leading Houston Dynamos broke the Chicago Fire's five-game winning streak last night with a 3-2 win at Robertson Stadium. Not only that, but the shutout streak for the Fire's defense was also broken with Houston's first goal, which came in the 21st minute of play.

Houston struck first with forward Kei Kamara took a pass from midfielder Geoff Cameron and finished the goal from close range. In the 38th minute, the Dynamo added to their lead with the first goal of the season from midfielder Ricardo Clark. The Fire went into the half down by two, but came out strong in the second half hoping to gain the win. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the Fire leveled the score with goals from midfielders Chris Rolfe and Peter Lowry, the first goal of his MLS career for Lowry. Rolfe hit a rocket shot after receiving a pass from Patrick Nyarko. Lowry connected with an impressive cross pass from Cuauhtémoc Blanco and knocked the ball passed Dynamo goalkeeper Pat Onstad.

Then in the 83rd minute, Fire defender Brandon Prideaux was called for a foul on Corey Ashe inside the area, giving the Dynamos a penalty kick opportunity. Stuart Holden took the penalty kick and scored the game-winning goal with a shot to the left side of the net.

The Fire, now 8-4-8 with 32 points, still sit comfortably at second place in the Eastern Conference, 4 points behind the Columbus Crew (36 pts) and 4 points ahead of D.C. United (28 pts). The Fire play again on Sunday, August 16 against the Kansas City Wizards at Community America Ballpark (2 p.m. CT).

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