FC Dallas Puts Out Hot Fire

FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper battles for position with Chicago's Ryan Plotkin in the first half of the Texas team's 1-0 win on Sunday, in which Cooper scored the winner.
FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper battles for position with Chicago's Ryan Plotkin in the first half of the Texas team's 1-0 win on Sunday, in which Cooper scored the winner. (Tony Gutierrez - AP)

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Sunday, June 15, 2008; 5:30 PM

FRISCO, Texas -- Kenny Cooper scored in the 17th minute to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 win over Chicago on Sunday.

FC Dallas (4-5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak and is 10-0-1 in its last 11 games at home against Chicago (6-4-1). The Fire lost their first road game of the season.

Andre Rocha set up the goal with a midfield pass that went through two Chicago defenders to Cooper. Cooper raced past the Fire's Bakary Soumare before firing a shot into the right corner of the net from 22 yards away for his seventh goal of the year. Cooper has scored a goal in all four of his career games against the Fire.

Chicago's Justin Mapp came close to tying the game in the 70th minute with a left-footed shot from 25 yards away, but his attempt drifted wide of the right post.

FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala finished with three saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

Goalie Jon Busch kept the Fire in the game as Chicago struggled to find early scoring opportunities. The Fire did not register their first shot until Chad Barrett's attempt in the 37th minute. FC Dallas outshot Chicago 20-11.


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