The Fire played well enough to challenge Atlanta United but ultimately, the visitor's ability to counter and convert on mistakes in the attack led to a 2-1 Atlanta victory. Two lapses, in the 53rd and 57th gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead that the Fire couldn't fight back from this time.
The lone goal came from a Kevin Ellis volley in the 61st that got the Fire close but they couldn't find a late equalizer this time.
Fire line up
Sanchez; Ellis, Kappelhof, Lillard (Campbell 80'), Vincent; McCarty, Adams (Gordon 59'), Collier (Campos 59'), Katai; Schweinsteiger, Nikolic
subs not used: McLain, Bronico, Johnson, Tchani