1st MLS victory for Fire in new home

SportsSoccerJeff CunninghamEdson BuddleZach ThorntonSergi DanivHenry Ring

Fans of high-octane offense were no doubt delighted with Sunday's Fire-Columbus Crew clash in Naperville.

And the crowd of 10,241 fans at Cardinal Stadium also savored the outcome as the Fire claimed a 5-4 victory—its first Major League Soccer win at its new home—on Carlos Bocanegra's header goal with 10 minutes left. It was Bocanegra's first goal of the season.

The nine goals were the highest combined total in Fire history, and the offensive outburst left coach Bob Bradley shaking his head.

"It was one of those crazy, crazy games where it opened up and defenders were unsure about when to stay tight with players, when to drop off of players and attackers had the run of the [field]," he said.

Forward Amos Magee had a memorable first MLS start, scoring the first two goals of his career. Veteran forward Ante Razov added two more as the Fire extended its lead over Columbus and the MetroStars to six points in the MLS East.

Also getting his first start was goalkeeper Henry Ring, who gave up all four goals but also had three saves. Bradley rested veteran Zach Thornton, ending his 76-game run in goal.

Magee collected the fastest goal in Fire history in the game's second minute.

Columbus struck back in the 25th minute as Jeff Cunningham slipped around Ring and popped in a short shot for his fifth goal of the season. He added another three minutes later.

Razov tied the game 2-2 in the 31st minute on a penalty kick. But the Crew regained the lead on forward Edson Buddle's tally 10 minutes later. Magee's second goal tied the game 3-3 just before the half.

Razov's unassisted goal in the 63rd minute gave the Fire a short-lived 4-3 edge. Columbus' Kyle Martino forced a 4-4 tie three minutes later with his first goal of the season.

Also Sunday, the Fire announced that midfielder Sergi Daniv would undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a sprained ligament and tendon in his right foot. Daniv was injured May 19 and hasn't played since.

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