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Chicago Fire


April 24, 2010
Dykstra on second straight shutout

Chicago Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos has said since the start of the season that Andrew Dykstra would get better as he gained more experience.

The last two weeks, the coach’s word seem prophetic.

Dykstra posted his second straight shutout Saturday night, making six saves in holding the Houston Dynamo scoreless in the Fire’s 2-0 win.

“It feels great to get my first shutout at home, especially since it was against a good opponent,” said Dykstra. “Playing a good game against a team like Houston is proof to ourselves that we are moving along and improving.”

Dykstra posted his first shutout against DC United last week in his home town.

With de los Cobos employing a 4-5-1 formation for the second straight game, the team’s offense has finally clicked. Dykstra says the same is true for the defense.

“At the beginning of the season we were a new group playing together and it showed, they needed to get used to me and I had to learn to communicate with them,” he said. “A game like tonight shows we’re really coming along. It takes time to get used to each other and how we play. Now we’ve played five games and the communication is becoming more consistent. “

De los Cobos said the team’s second straight win stemmed from the entire team working together.
“This win was important for us because we need show some consistency, and I think today we played a complete game,” said de los Cobos.

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