The Chicago Fire hosted the Houston Dynamo in MLS cup action on Wednesday night, and unfortunately for the Fire the Dynamo broke a road winless streak that dated back to July, eliminated Chicago from the playoffs, and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by claiming a 2-1 win.
Houston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, as Will Bruin pushed a header past Sean Johnson. Just before the half the Dynamo added another goal and then never relinquished the lead for the balance of the contest. Amid the disappointment after the game, the staff at Hot Time in Old Town noticed that some of the post-match talk took on an interesting tone:
A lot of the talk post match was on next year. And Alvero Fernandez was a huge topic of conversation. He didn't have a good game at all tonight, seemingly losing possession more often then keeping it. Maybe it's time to start looking for other options at that position, as it seemed for a while that Alvero wasn't all that in to this team.
If you missed the match, here is a highlight package from MLS.com:
Houston will now take on top-seeded Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The series is a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference final, which the Dynamo won. The action begins on Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium, where the Dynamo have never lost a match.