Dynamo-Fire Preview

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

save Sunday.

“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.