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The Chicago Fire starting 11 pose for a photo before the match against the Houston Dynamo on April 23, 2011. The jerseys featured green names, numbers, socks, and a commemorative patch highlighting the club's "Going Green" initiative.
The Chicago Fire starting 11 pose for a photo before the match against the Houston Dynamo on April 23, 2011. The jerseys featured green names, numbers, socks, and a commemorative patch highlighting the club's "Going Green" initiative.

Morale around the Chicago Fire locker room is low and fans are frustrated. Saturday's 1-1 draw against Houston was the emotional equivalent of a 4th straight loss. Coach Carlos de los Cobos seems to be having difficulty finding solutions to the side's midfield struggles and defensive mistakes.

The Chicago Fire reserves, on the other hand, thrashed the Dynamo 3-0 in the opening of the reserve league schedule with a brace from trialist Martin Rivas.

Links to all the latest reports on this tale of two cities after the break. Don't miss a beat.

Chicago Fire 1 - 1 Houston Dynamo

 

FINAL: Fire 1 - 1 Dynamo | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Boswell's late equalizer denies Men in Red

Fire, Dynamo Highlights | Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Clips from the Fire's 1-1 draw with Houston 

 

Promising Chicago Fire performance undone by set pieces - Goal.com
The Chicago Fire were left ruing their set piece defense, while the Houston Dynamo players we pleased to have earned a point.

 

Chicago Fire: Chicago Fire surrender tying goal in 83rd minute - chicagotribune.com
The Fire could have had a better outcome Saturday night but at least they avoided a fourth straight loss with a 1-1 tie against the Houston Dynamo.

 

Juggled lineup not quite enough to net a victory -
Saddled with a three-game losing streak, Fire coach Carlos de los Cobos revamped his lineup for Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo — but it didn’t do much good.

 

Same ol’ song and dance for Fire - DailyHerald.com
The Chicago Fire made changes Saturday night at Toyota Park. They brought more of the same.

 

Fire settle for draw against Dynamo - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
With the pressure mounting on the Chicago Fire to produce a positive result following three straight defeats, the home side held a late lead but could not hang on en route to a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday in front of 12,473 at Toyota Park. 

 

Fire 1 Dynamo 1 - Recap and Ratings - Fire Confidential
In honor of Earth Day and "Going Green" the Fire recycled the ending that has become all too familiar at Toyota Park.

 

“WE LOST TWO POINTS”  Fire unhappy with Saturday draw
The Chicago Fire may have broken their three game losing streak, but to some in the Toyota Park locker room it didn’t feel that way after giving up a late goal in a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo.

 

Chicago Fire Reserves

 

Reserves Down Dynamo | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Martin Rivas brace spurs home side past Houston 

 

Fire Open Reserve League Season with a Win - Fire Confidential
The Fire reserves got off to a good start in MLS Reserve League play by defeating the Houston Dynamo reserves 3-0 at the Toyota Park practice field on Sunday morning.