For the first time all season, the Fire have moved above the red line. Aleksandar Katai scored two goals in what could have been his last appearance with the Fire while Nemanja Nikolic added another.
New York City FC controlled possession but without David Villa, they resorted to mostly long, hopeful attempts on goal. NYCFC led 2-1 at the half on the strength of goals from Ismael Tajouri-Shradi and Jo Inge Berget. The latter also hit the crossbar in second half stoppage time.
The Fire will now need to decide on whether or not to pick up the buy option on the loan for Katai.
Sanchez; Campos, Campbell, Vincent, Corrales; Bronico, McCarty, Schweinsteiger (Tchani 85'); Katai, Collier (Adams 66'), Nikolic (Gordon 72')
Subs not used: Cleveland, Dean, Ramos, Bakero
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