The Chicago Fire will be counting on a veteran goalie who hasn’t
won in more than two years to help them post their first win this
Jon Conway hopes to help Chicago end a three-game losing streak
Saturday night when it hosts the surging Houston Dynamo.
Second-year keeper Sean Johnson struggled through the first four
games for the Fire (1-3-1), making only five saves while allowing
nine goals. Coach Carlos de los Cobos turned to the 33-year-old
Conway in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Los Angeles.
Cobos, whose team has been outscored 8-4 during its skid, has
committed to Conway against the Dynamo even though he made only one
“Before the start of the season, we think about this possible
situation,” de los Cobos told the team’s official website. “When
you have a good young player, it’s possible to have some problems
in the game. For that reason, we brought in Conway. I think it’s
very good to have him, even for Sean, because he is a veteran
player, positive guy and he is helping Sean learn.”
Conway is 0-8-2 since his last MLS win in the 2009 season opener
while playing for New York.
He won’t have Cory Gibbs to help end that drought because the
defender will sit out Saturday with a strained hamstring. The Fire
were forced to finish Sunday’s game down a man since de los Cabos
had used all three substitutes before Gibbs got hurt.
Despite being short-handed, Chicago scored in the 89th minute as
forward Dominic Oduro notched his first goal since being acquired
from Houston in a trade for Calen Carr on March 23.
Oduro now looks to help the Fire avoid a seventh loss in eight
meetings with Houston.
The Dynamo (2-1-2) are trying to win three straight overall for
the first time since a five-game run May 23-June 13, 2009.
Hunter Freeman scored in the 86th minute Sunday to give the
Dynamo a 1-0 win over New England.
“Obviously, the goal relieves all of the frustration, and the
guys walk off the field happy. It’s good to get another three
points,” coach Dominic Kinnear told the league’s official website.
“It’s good to get two wins in a row, which we hadn’t done all year,
and it leaves us with a good feeling going into next week.”
Houston’s offense may pose a problem for Chicago’s shaky
goaltending situation. The Dynamo are third in MLS with 81 shots,
including a season-high 27 against the Revolution.
“Now we just have to stay positive and take the good from
(Sunday) and bring it into next week against Chicago,” said Geoff
Cameron, who leads Houston with five shots on goal. “We have to use
the momentum we have from our play this weekend and use it against
However, Dynamo midfielders Lovel Palmer and Danny Cruz will be
out with injuries, and former midfielder Corey Ashe is scheduled to
make his third straight start at left back.
Houston is 3-1-1 all-time in Chicago.