With both teams missing several key players, the Fire couldn't get past Minnesota United FC for the second consecutive season. They are now 0-2 against the 2017 expansion club. Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the match due to the impending arrival of his first child and Matt Polster sat out with a knee injury. Minnesota was without starters Kevin Molino, Abu Danladi, and Sam Cronin.
With Polster out, coach Veljko Paunovic made some changes along the backline. Christian Dean, who appeared on the weekly injury list before the match was benched in favor of Kevin Ellis. The former Sporting Kansas City homegrown player started at centerback with Brandon Vincent on the left. Paunovic said that Polster was injured in the last training session of the week on Friday.
The defensive effort and overall play was somewhat more coherent than that of the frenetic 4-3 opening loss to SKC but still wasn't good enough to best one of the Western Conference's lowest rated clubs. All three goals in the game were scored in the second half.
"It was a tough second half for us," said Paunovic following the match. "We conceded two goals after a very good first half I think. I think defensively we were very solid and did a good job creating opportunities and moments in the game where we could score. We conceded two goals too easily and that's something that we have to improve and keep working on that and turn to the next game."
Minnesota's Ibson gave the home team the lead in the 55th with a rebound score following a Richard Sanchez save. Rookie Elliot Collier scored the Fire's only goal in the 59th when he one-timed a rebound of a Nemanja Nikolic attempt into the Minnesota net. The game winner came in the 55th off a Sam Nicholson open header in the box.
The Fire now sit at 0-2 ahead of an off week thanks to the international break before facing the Portland Timbers in an important early home game on March 24.
DEF Ramos (Conner 84'), Kappelhof, Vincent, Ellis
MID McCarty, Tchani
MID Katai (Johnson 73), Collier, Solignac (Gordon 80')