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Thorrington's goal gives Fire 1-0 win over Galaxy

Thorrington's goal gives Fire 1-0 win over Galaxy

Chicago midfielder John Thorrington scored in the 65th minute to give the Fire a 1-0 victory and spoil coach Bruce Arena's debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Thursday.
Arena, who won two Major League Soccer Cups with D.C. United before guiding the United States in the previous two World Cups, was announced as Galaxy head coach and general manager on Monday. Fans greeted him with applause before the match.
Thorrington scored his fifth goal of the season after a give-and-go with striker Brian McBride, who made his first start for the Fire since leaving Premier League team Fulham.
Thorrington received McBride's return pass, dribbled and took a long-range shot between two defenders that landed between diving goalkeeper Steve Cronin and the right post.
With the win, the Fire moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind New England. The Galaxy extended their losing streak to nine games, one less than the team record set in 2006.
The Galaxy played without David Beckham and Landon Donovan, who competed overseas for England and the United States, respectively.
The Fire's Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Gonzalo Segares also missed the game after playing for Mexico and Costa Rica, respectively, in World Cup qualifying Wednesday.
Former Derby County midfielder Eddie Lewis was signed by Los Angeles before the game, but did not play.


Updated : 2021-05-16 02:53 GMT+08:00