BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — With a line-up of mainly reserve players, the Chicago Fire got a 1-0 win against visiting Chivas USA in SuperLiga 2009 action last night.
Justin Mapp scored in the 35th minute as the Fire held recorded their second consecutive shutout in SuperLiga play. The victory gave the Fire a 2-0-0 record (six points) in group play. Chivas dropped to 0-2-0 in the tournament.
The format of this year’s SuperLiga consists of the top MLS teams from last year’s regular season who did not qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League along with the top four Mexican clubs who also didn’t make the region’s top club tournament.
Veteran Mexican internationals Claudio Suarez and Cuauhtemoc Blanco were on the bench for Chivas USA and the Chicago Fire respectively. Neither saw any game action.
CHI — Justin Mapp 1 (unassisted) 35
Chivas USA — Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo (Jim Curtin 22), Ante Jazic, Carey Talley, Shavar Thomas, Sasha Victorine, Jorge Flores (Chukwudi Chijindu 46), Michael Lahoud (Jesse Marsch 46), Paulo Nagamura (Maykel Galindo 46), Alecko Eskandarian, Bojan Stepanovic.
Substitutes Not Used: Lance Parker, Claudio Suarez, Cesar Zamora
Chicago Fire — Jon Busch, Austin Washington, C.J. Brown (Brandon Prideaux 16), Wilman Conde, Gonzalo Segares, Justin Mapp (Marco Pappa 69), Baggio Husidic (Chris Rolfe 89), Logan Pause, Mike Banner, Stefan Dimitrov (Tim Ward 70), Patrick Nyarko.
Substitutes Not Used: Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Andrew Dykstra, Daniel Woolard