Forward Brian McBride scored a first-half goal and the Chicago Fire played to a 1-all draw against Chivas de Guadalajara on Thursday in a preseason exhibition.
McBride tallied the game's first goal in the 41st minute, with defender Wilman Conde providing the assist. Goalkeeper Jon Busch and the Fire defense played a scoreless first half.
Former Central Florida goalkeeper and 2010 draft pick Sean Johnson played in the net in the second half for Chicago. The Fire were on the verge of a 1-0 victory before Chivas' Adrian Dominguez scored in second-half stoppage time to salvage a draw.
No agreement, but no stoppage: The MLS Players' Union has advised its players to keep working. MLS stated that the league does not plan on locking out the players and is "prepared to begin the season under the current [collective bargaining agreement]." So there is no strike or stoppage just yet. But with the passing of the second extended deadline toward CBA negotiations, you have to wonder when both sides will find the right medium.
The Union and league both issued a release Thursday as the CBA expired. The league's view stated in its proposal that there are "substantial changes from the current CBA, [which] will significantly increase our spending and provide substantially more rights to the players." Union executive director Bob Foose said, "there simply hasn't been enough progress made in the negotiations to date to warrant an extension of the old agreement."
Beasley, Bocanegra named to U.S. MNT: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bob Bradley named his roster for a friendly against the Netherlands at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN2) at Amsterdam ArenA. Former Fire and current Glasgow Rangers midfielder DaMarcus Beasley was named to the roster, as well as former Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra of Rennes.
"This is the final match before we bring the team together for the World Cup, so to have a match against one of the top teams in the world like the Netherlands is a big benefit and a good challenge for our group," Bradley said.