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Former Fulham striker Collins John made a goal on his full debut for the Chicago Fire last night but was ulitmately disappointed as his new side went down 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes.

The one-time Dutch international will rue missing a golden opportunity to open the scoring from three yards out after just ten minute. He did fashion the Fire’s equaliser – doing brilliantly to control and lay-off a cross for Marco Pappa to drive home  a cracking shot. Shortly afterwards, John saw a close range effort bundled off the line and goals from Arturo Alvarez and young defender Ike Opara meant that Chicago’s first home game of the season was a defeat.

Like most of an impressive record crowd at Toyota Park, John, who has revived his partnership with Fulham favourite Brian McBride in Chicago, was left disappointed.

I think the better team actually lost the game tonight. San Jose was defending for its life and was just trying to get a few chances to score, but it worked out well for them.

It’s just part of soccer. You have to keep working hard and fighting hard and we have a really good team. I think everybody saw that today.

If I score the goal in the first half or my shot in the second half goes in it is probably 2-1 the other way and people are talking about the game differently. Of course we are hurt and disappointed, but we just have to keep our heads up and move forward.