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CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Bobby Burling headed home Mauro Rosales’ corner kick in the 88th minute, and Chivas USA beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 in a Major League Soccer opener Sunday.
Chivas, playing its first game under Wilmer Cabrera and first since the MLS purchased the franchise rights from Club Deportivo Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara, blew a two-goal advantage before the 6-foot-4 Burling outjumped Chicago’s defense for the winner.
“It’s a little disappointing to give up a two-goal lead at home, but the guys battled back and didn’t give up,” said Burling, who had scored only once before in MLS, nearly four years ago, also on a header from a corner kick. “One last push for a goal, and Mauro put the ball right on the money. I had to do the easy part, run through it, pretty much.”
Erick Torres provided a 56th-minute lead on a penalty kick after drawing a foul from Fire defender Gonzalo Segares, and rookie Thomas McNamara finished Leandro Barrera’s near-post cross three minutes later.
Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa scored goals off the bench as Chicago rallied to tie the score with about 20 minutes to go. Joya, a rookie, scored on his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, finishing Alex’s feed at the right post about 30 seconds after coming on.
“If you look at the game as a whole, we were poor. Very disappointing,” Frank Yallop said after his first game as Chicago’s coach. “Having said that, we fought back, we kept going, we tied the game, and to give up a set-piece goal like that is poor on our behalf. We got to learn from it, we got to move on, but I’m very disappointed.”
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