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2018 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Carlos Gruezo (27')
  • Kellyn Acosta (74')
  • Reto Ziegler (81' PEN)
  • Brandt Bronico (86')
  • Drew Conner (70')

FC Dallas defeats 10-man Chicago Fire to claim Brimstone Cup

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FC Dallas 3-1 Chicago: West leaders rebound - Via MLS (2:03)

FC Dallas were back to their best after last week's defeat at RSL, brushing aside Chicago 3-1 in Frisco for their 11th win of the season. (2:03)

Kellyn Acosta scored his first goal of the season shortly after coming on as a substitute as host FC Dallas defeated the 10-man Chicago Fire 3-1 Saturday night to claim the Brimstone Cup.

Acosta entered the game in the 69th minute, one minute before Chicago defender Drew Conner picked up his second yellow card to force the Fire to play shorthanded the rest of the way.

Acosta took a pass from Victor Ulloa and blasted a 20-yard shot into the bottom right corner of the net, past the outstretched fingers of diving Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez to give Dallas a 2-0 lead in the 74th minute.

Dallas clinched the victory, which kept it atop the Western Conference, on Reto Ziegler's penalty kick in the 81st minute. It was Ziegler's third goal of the season.

Dallas, which is unbeaten in 11 home matches this season (7-0-4), opened the scoring in the 27th minute despite Chicago seemingly having numbers back on the defensive end.

Reggie Cannon dribbled down the right wing, then made a nifty move to cut back on defender Brandon Vincent and make a left-footed cross into the middle of the penalty area. Cannon found a wide-open Carlos Gruezo about 10 yards in front of the net, and Gruezo's volley snuck inside the left post with Sanchez left flat-footed. It was Gruezo's second goal of the season.

Dallas dominated the opening 45 minutes, keeping possession for 65 percent of the half and outshooting Chicago 10-1.

The Fire got a spark early in the second half from substitute Brandt Bronico, who came on at the intermission.

Bronico fed Tony Tchani for a long shot that sailed over the crossbar in the 49th minute, and Bronico missed wide right on a shot from the middle of the penalty box two minutes later.

Bronico scored Chicago's lone goal, unassisted, in the 86th minute. It was the first goal of the 23-year-old American's MLS career, an 18-yard shot into the top left corner of the net.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York Red Bulls 34 +29 71
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +26 69
3 New York City FC 34 +14 56
4 DC United 34 +10 51
5 Columbus Crew SC 34 -2 51
6 Philadelphia Union 34 -1 50
7 Montreal Impact 34 -6 46
8 New England Revolution 34 -6 41
9 Toronto FC 34 -5 36
10 Chicago Fire 34 -13 32
11 Orlando City SC 34 -31 28

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 34 +25 62
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +15 59
3 LAFC 34 +16 57
4 FC Dallas 34 +8 57
5 Portland Timbers 34 +6 54
6 Real Salt Lake 34 -3 49
7 LA Galaxy 34 +2 48
8 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -13 47
9 Houston Dynamo 34 0 38
10 Minnesota United FC 34 -22 36
11 Colorado Rapids 34 -27 31
12 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -22 21