Berry makes up for mistake in 2-1 Fire win
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media June 19, 2013 11:17PM
Marvell Wynne, Dilly Duka
Updated: June 20, 2013 12:24AM
During the course of any soccer game, both teams are bound to make critical mistakes.
But after the first part of the season in which the Fire seemed to dwell on its miscues, second-year center back Austin Berry showed his team how beneficial it is to forget them.
In the Fire’s game against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday at Toyota Park, Berry was faulted for the game’s first goal after he carelessly allowed Colorado’s Deshorn Brown to steal the ball from him right in front of the Fire penalty box.
He redeemed himself, however, early in the second half when he scored in the 47th minute off a Jeff Larentowicz cross and gave the Fire a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rapids.
The Fire hasn’t lost since May 18 when it fell 1-0 to the Union in Philadelphia.
“Almost the whole team came over and said something to me,” Berry said. “It was stupid and frustrating, but the whole team had my back and got me back into the game.
“It’s happened, what, three times now since last year where I screw up and score a goal? So I’ve got to stop doing that or if I keep scoring and we keep winning [that would be OK].”
The Fire (4-7-3, 15 points) had a couple of tense moments concerning striker Mike Magee.
Magee, who scored the equalizer for the Fire in the 23rd minute off a penalty kick, went down with a back injury after a shot attempt in the 42nd minute. After staying on the ground for about 30 seconds, Magee played out the remainder of the first half and started the second half.
He later reinjured his back in the 75th minute, was taken out of the game and immediately went to the locker room.
Magee has carried the Fire since being traded to the team on May 25. He has scored in each of his five games with the Fire.
Fire coach Frank Klopas was not concerned about the long-term effects of the injury after the game but did say Magee would need to be evaluated Thursday considering Wednesday’s win started a stretch of three games in seven days for the Fire.
“He’s a little bit sore,” Klopas said. “We’ll see better tomorrow. I think he’s got ice on it. Hopefully it’s not that bad. But three games in seven days, we have to see how guys feel tomorrow and then make some decisions.”