CARSON, Calif. - Chris Albright came off the bench to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer (MLS) exhibition play from the Home Depot Center. The Fire are 1-1 on their west coast trip, having defeated Chivas USA on Saturday.
Albright's left-footed laser from 35 yards out provided the decisive goal in the 66th minute. Albright, who had entered the game just minutes earlier, trapped a loose ball in traffic and launched a low shot that snuck inside the far post.
The Fire staked an early lead on a successful Chris Rolfe penalty kick in the 14th minute. Rolfe registered his first preseason goal by going high and to the left of goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Los Angeles evened the contest in the 22nd minute when Josh Gardner's free kick found Tyrone Marshall deep in the box, who headed a shot past goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
"I don't think we looked real sharp," stated Fire coach Dave Sarachan. "But as I've said before, we're not so much concerned about game results, it's more about our ball movement, possession and conditioning. We're working with different combinations and getting our timing down, you can always draw positives from a match like this."
Chicago (4-3-1) takes on UCLA this Friday (March 9) at 10:00 a.m. PT at the HDC before flying home that night.
Notes: Coach Sarachan kept his starting XI intact from the Chivas game ... Wednesday marks the one-month countdown to the Fire's season opener against New England (April 7) at TOYOTA PARK.
CHI - Chris Rolfe (penalty kick) 14
LA - Tyrone Marshall (Josh Gardner) 22
LA - Chris Albright (unassisted) 66
Fire Lineup (3-4-3): GK-Matt Pickens (Nick Noble 59), D-C.J. Brown (Dasan Robinson 46), D-Jim Curtin (Osei Telesford 59), D-Gonzalo Segares (Daniel Woolard 59), MF-Logan Pause (Jerson Monteiro 46), MF-Chris Armas (Derek Kosek 59), MF-Diego Gutierrez (Bakary Soumare 46), MF-Ivan Guerrero (Mike Banner 46), F-Justin Mapp (Thiago 46), F-Pascal Bedrossian (Chad Barrett 12, Mark Totten 75), F-Chris Rolfe (Calen Carr 59).
Galaxy Lineup (4-3-3): GK-Joe Cannon, D-Mike Randolph, D-Tyrone Marshall, D-Ty Harden (Troy Roberts 59), D-Ian Russell (Chris Albright 62), MF-Josh Gardner (Gavin Glinton 46), MF-Kevin Harmes (Peter Vagenas 62), MF-John Thorrington (Nathan Sturgis 46), F-Nate Jaqua (Kyle Martino 46), F-Santino Quaranta (Cobi Jones 59), F-Quavas Kirk (Darren Currie 46).
CHI - Pascal Bedrossian (caution) 10
LA - Santino Quaranta (caution) 21
Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Referee Assistants: Fabio Tovar, Modesto Guillen