BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Midfielder Pavel Pardo scored on an early free kick and Chicago snapped a 221-minute scoreless streak on the way to a 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Saturday.The Fire (9-6-4, 31 points) prevailed despite playing a man short for the final 21 minutes after defender Arne Friedrich was ejected with a second yellow card.The Whitecaps (8-6-6, 30 points) suffered their second straight loss and third in a five-game road swing.Chicago was awarded a free kick in the ninth minute when Whitecaps midfielder Jun Marques Davidson tripped Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko on a run outside the box.Pardo then lined a 23-yard kick into the right corner for his first goal of the season in the ninth minute.An apparent second-half goal - a rebound shot by Dominic Oduru in front of the net in the 54th minute - was ruled offside.Friedrich was ejected in the 69th minute and was given his second yellow card in two minutes after apparently tripping Vancouver forward Darren Mattocks.Chicago goalie Sean Johnson had four saves, including one on a shot by Lee Young-Pyo that would have tied the game.Chicago had back-to-back scoreless games and had not scored since June 29 on Marco Pappa's tally in the 58th minute of a 1-0 triumph at Sporting Kansas City.
Baseball is unique among the sports in requiring managers and coaches to suit up in the same uniforms the players wear.
Could you imagine football coaches having to wear pads and jerseys? Or basketball coaches ditching their suits for the sleeveless-and-shorts look?
Well, for better or for worse, you don't have to imagine any longer.
Before Ohio State players arrived Thursday for photos in the team's new uniforms, head coach Thad Matta decided to give the new duds a test run himself.
What resulted was one of the better pictures in recent Twitter memory.
I think Matta is starting a trend here. Time to bust out the petition to get all college hoops coaches to wear their teams' uniforms on the sideline.
Looking good, coach, though I doubt they'll let you wear that watch while you play.
Is James Franklin on the hot seat?
Perhaps fans and observers think the Penn State head coach should be, but the Nittany Lions' athletics director certainly doesn't.
Sandy Barbour told the Altoona Mirror that Franklin is not on the hot seat and gave a complete vote of confidence in the coach, who's coming off a blowout 49-10 loss against Michigan.
"He's not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December," Barbour told the Mirror's Cory Giger.
"James is going to be our football coach. I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin, and I think he's going to be our football coach, period."
Franklin is in his third season at the helm in Happy Valley, and while he's had his fair share of recruiting successes, he hasn't experienced much success on the field. After last weekend's loss to Michigan, Franklin is now 0-7 against ranked opponents since arriving at Penn State ahead of the 2014 season.
"When Penn State is where we ought to be, where we should be, where we're all striving to be, we absolutely should go toe to toe with anyone in the country. Clearly we're not there," Barbour said. "We're not a finished product. I don't think anybody thought we would be a finished product four games into the season.
"Was Saturday disappointing? Of course it was. But no one's more disappointed than our coaching staff and our student-athletes in our football program. So I certainly understand where our fans are coming from and the disappointment."
Back-to-back 7-6 finishes could be seen as mild successes, perhaps, considering the program is still working out from the shadow of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. But Penn State's historic status as one of college football's power programs is certainly not applicable right now, and the Lions competing for any kind of championship seems completely unrealistic in the ultra-competitive Big Ten East Division.
All that has led plenty to believe that Franklin's job might be in jeopardy, but Barbour at least verbally put those notions to rest.
"I believe that James is the right guy, and yeah, he's going to be our football coach."