May 4, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; Chicago Fire celebrate after a goal by Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa (16) against the Chivas USA during the second half at the Home Depot Center. The Chicago Fire defeated the Chivas USA 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Chicago and Portland are tied at the half
The Fire, who are undefeated in the month of May, had much of the attacking control in the first half. However, it was the Timbers that jumped out to the lead in the 20th minute. Eric Brunner took advantage of some congestion in the penalty box to fire a shot past Sean Johnson. The Fire defense stayed strong the rest of the half and did an excellent job of limiting attacking opportunities.
Chicago was able to tie the game on a beautiful finish by Jalil Anibaba in the 39th minute, as his low shot beat Troy Perkins at the far post. Anibaba took an excellent pass from Marco Pappa and showed composure on the ball to finish.
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