The game in 100 words (or less): The wind whipped through Chicago as the Fire earned the Brimstone Cup through an early goal by David Accam. Meanwhile, FC Dallas – one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer with five straight victories – had little to offer the Fire back line as Chicago cruised to the home win. Even a man up as the game wound down, Dallas conceded a late penalty to put Chicago easily through.
Three moments that mattered
4′ – Chicago opened the scoring early. Jason Johnson found Accam with a brilliant through ball, and the Ghanan beat Matt Hedges at the top corner of the box before threading a low shot past Dan Kennedy from a tight angle for an early Fire lead.
79′ – Matt Watson, just on a minute earlier as a substitute, threw himself studs up into a 50/50 challenge with Rolando Escobar, leaving the referee no choice but to show him the straight red card.
85′ – A man down and on the counter-attack, Chicago earned itself a penalty to win some breathing room. Kellyn Acosta tripped Accam on the very edge of the box, and Shaun Maloney ripped the spot-kick home for a 2-0 lead.
Chicago – Johnson; Jones, Palmer, Gehrig, Larentowicz; Polster, Accam (Nyarko 88′), Shipp, Cocis; Johnson (Igboananike 66′), Maloney.
Goals: Accam 4′, Maloney (pen) 85′
Discipline: Watson (straight red) 79′
Dallas – Kennedy; Hollingshead (Hernandez 82′), Loyd, Hedges, Watson; Ulloa (Escobar 58′), Diaz, Castillo, Barrios, Acosta; Texeira (Akindele 46′).