Ghanaian winger Patrick Nyarko returned to the Toyota Park to score the equaliser for DC United as they held Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw in the Major League Soccer on Saturday night.
Nyarko, in his return to Chicago, nodded home a 65th minute cross from Luciano Acosta following a short corner. That nullified Jonathan Campbell's opener - also from a set piece - in the first half.
Sloppy conditions continued to plague each side in the second half, as both teams struggled to create real looks at goal. Acosta, Rolfe, and Saborio combined in the 49th minute, with Saborio laying off for Nyarko, but the shot was well wide from the winger. Nyarko's cross for Saborio was then cut out in the 58th minute, with the Costa Rican charging into the box.
But it wasn't much longer before the Black-and-Red were level, as Nyarko headed home his second goal of the season. A short corner from Neagle was played to Acosta, who was able to set himself up for a cross with time and space available. His curling service found Nyarko, who was wide open in the middle of the box, and the header had just enough to get past Lampson.
Nyarko has now scored two league goals for United but his goal on Saturday against Chicago Fire was a statement to his former employers as he scored against them on his first return to the club.
His former Ghanaian team-mate David Accam who returned from injury was unused by the home side.