Chivas USA beats Fire 4-1

The Associated PressMarch 24, 2013
Chivas USA beats Fire 4-1
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Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo (11), third from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Chicago Fire in Bridgeview, Ill., Sunday, March 24, 2013. Chivas USA won 4-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Defender Joaquin Velazquez and striker Juan Agudelo scored midway through the second half to lead Chivas USA to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Velazquez gave Chivas (2-1-1) a 2-1 lead on a header in the 73rd minute. He directed midfielder Edgar Mejia's long cross from the left side past goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi before Chicago's defenders could react.

Agudelo scored just under 2 minutes later. He took a loose ball, ran to the goal, and scored from 15 yards out when Chicago midfielder Jeff Larentowicz backed off.

Chivas added an own goal in the 89th minute when Fire defender Jalil Anibaba knocked Jose Correa's centering pass into the Chicago goal.

Patrick Nyarko scored Chicago's only goal, its first of the season after 333 minutes, 57 seconds, plus stoppage time, without a tally. It tied the match, but only for 9 minutes.

Mejia opened the scoring on a 24-yard blast in the 57th minute.

The Fire dropped to 0-3-1.