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Fire’s Dominic Oduro determined not to squander chances

Updated: April 11, 2012 8:08AM

Fire striker Dominic Oduro knows the more chances he gets, the more balls he’ll put in net this season.

But the 26-year-old Ghanaian is focused on capitalizing more effectively on his chances, regardless of the number of shots. Last season, his first with the Fire, he took 40 shots on goal but scored only 12 times.

‘‘Once you get the first one going, it gets the ball rolling for you,’’ Oduro said. ‘‘You’re going to have many opportunities — it’s just a matter of trying to finish at least one or two just to help your team, boost your team to go forward.’’

At 5-10, Oduro isn’t going to score a ton of goals in the air by going over the top of the defense. Instead, his blazing speed could be used to score in transition after a ball is won in midfield. In the Fire’s final preseason game Friday, a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Stars FC, Oduro used his speed to constantly pressure the defense. He scored in the 18th minute, one-touching a ball from countryman Patrick Nyakaro.

The goal was indicative of his ability to make game-changing runs even without the ball. But he created several other scoring chances with the ball at his feet.

‘‘They create some opportunities,’’ Fire coach Frank Klopas said. ‘‘I think there was some good movement off the ball, and we had some good plays for sure, and that’s good. But we’ve got to keep working on that stuff.’’

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