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Chivas USA falls 2-1 to Chicago Fire in preseason exhibition

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, March 3, 2007) - Chivas USA fell 2-1 to the Chicago Fire in a Major League Soccer preseason exhibition held this morning at The Home Depot Center's University Field 2. Justin Mapp and Mike Banner scored goals on either side of halftime for the visitors, while Claudio Suárez, Mexico's all-time caps leader, pulled one back for Chivas USA in the 73rd minute following a corner kick.

The Chivas USA Reserves will play U.C. Santa Barbara this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in a match that is scheduled to feature the Chivas USA debut of Honduran National Team captain Amado Guevara. The Red-and-White face their next test against an MLS side on Saturday, March 10 when they play the Houston Dynamo at 10:00 a.m. at The Home Depot Center. For more information, please contact Chivas USA Communications.

Chivas USA 1:2 Chicago Fire
Preseason Exhibition - 3 March 2007 - 11:00 a.m. PT
The Home Depot Center, University Field 2 - Carson, California

Scoring Summary:
CHI - Justin Mapp (Chris Rolfe) 34
CHV - Claudio Suárez (Sacha Kljestan) 73
CHI - Mike Banner (Thiago) 87

Lineups:
Chivas USA (4-4-2): Brad Guzan; Orlando Pérez, Claudio Suárez, Jason Hernández, Alex Zotinca (Lyle Martin, 82); Jorge Barrera (Jesse Marsch, 63), Sacha Kljestan, Francisco Mendoza, John Cunliffe; Ante Razov (Matt Taylor, 69), Maykel Galindo.
Chivas USA Head Coach: Preki Radosavljevic.

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Matt Pickens; Iván Guerrero (Brian Plotkin, 57), Gonzalo Segares (Jordan Russolillo, 57), Jim Curtin (Osei Telesford, 57), C.J. Brown (Dasan Robinson); Chris Armas (Thiago, 57), Diego Gutiérrez (Bakary Soumare, 57), Logan Pause (Jerson Monteiro, 57), Pascal Bedrossian (Chad Barrett, 46); Chris Rolfe (Floyd Franks, 57), Justin Mapp (Mike Banner, 57).
Chicago Fire Head Coach: Dave Sarachan.

Cautions:
CHV - Francisco Mendoza 58
CHV - Orlando Pérez 60
CHV - Jesse Marsch 88

Referee: Ramón Hernández
Assistants: Emiliano Monje; Ed Kirshner
Weather: Sunny, 75°F / 24°C

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.

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