Chicago Fire rookie Austin Berry certainly had an eventful night. Berry found his way into the starting lineup through an injury to Cory Gibbs and suspension to Jalil Anibaba, so he was on the spot Friday evening against Chivas USA.
Berry was more on the spot after giving away an early penalty kick, which Juan Pablo Angel turned into his first goal of 2012 and, amazingly, into Chivas USA’s first home goal of 2012. That’s a full five games into the Goats’ home parade.
But Berry made amends, turning the equalizer skillfully past Chivas ‘keeper Dan Kennedy, thus arranging the stage for Marco Pappa’s late heroics.
We haven’t seen many of these Pappa magic moments in 2012, one reason the Fire was still hunting for its first quality win of the season.
So now Frank Klopas’ team has a quality win on the road (even if he was in luxury box as it happened, suspended from team areas himself.) Pappa’s late game-winner was the difference in a 2-1 Fire victory.
And Chivas USA? The Goats’ strange ways continue: Robin Fraser’s team is a hardy 3-1 on the road, but a stunning 0-5 at home.
Full match highlights are here: