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Chivas and Chicago Draw in front of Ruckus Crowd

In front of what was probably the most lively crowd at an MLS match in sometime, if ever Chicago gave away a lead for the third straight match and Manager Juan Carlos Osorio lost his temper and was shown off the bench by the officials.

The match was tense as Cuauhtemoc Blanco, a long time Club America superstar and Chivas Guadalajara was making his first trip as a member of the Fire to Los Angeles. The sellout crowd was loud from the start and the place erupted when Blanco scored on a wonderful free kick in the first half.

But in the second half controversy ensued as Chivas was given a penalty and Claudio Suarez finished it. Late in the match Blanco appeared to be tripped in the box after a great run by Alex Zotinica, but Blanco who is notorious for fighting with officials choose not to argue the call instead looking to take a quick corner, thus Osorio lost his temper and was sent off. The match ended in a lively draw, but Chicago is certainly leaving the door open for Columbus or Los Angeles to catch them for the final playoff spot.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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