The Chicago Fire managed to maintain a some dignity Tuesday night as the Men in Red held on for a 1-0 victory over SuperLiga foe Pumas. Both teams were eliminated from play in the tournament that matches up clubs from Mexico and the U.S.
A pair of 2010 MLS All-Stars hooked up for the lone score in the 35th minute. Marco Pappa lined up a corner kick from the right side, and found a wide open Wilman Conde on the far post. It was inexplicable defending by the Mexican side as Krystof Krol was also wide open in the same area on the set piece.
Fire keeper Sean Johnson had another solid game in net, but his biggest highlight came in the 84th minute as the 21-year old made a pair of nice saves to preserve the clean sheet. Oscar Rojas teed up a shot from outside the box on the right side, but Johnson was able to use his 6-3 frame to parry away the potential score. Leandro Augusto tried to answer off the rebound, but Johnson caught the ball to end the threat.
The Fire had a solid night defending overall, shutting out Pumas despite being outshot 11-3.
The Fire will return to MLS play on August 1 when they will hit the road to take on the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy.