Fire drop opener in LA 2-1

The Fire played well enough to come out of Los Angeles with at least a point but the finishing touch in the final third eluded them most of the night and defensive miscues erased an early second-half gift from the home team.

Newcomers David Ousted and Przemyslaw Frankowski were impressive in defeat while CJ Sapong, playing place of Nemanja Nikolic took advantage of a 49th minute turnover to give the Fire a lead.

In the 67th minute Jorge Corrales unnecessarily surrendered a corner kick which led to 16-year old LA rookie Efrain Alvarez beating Aleksandar Katai on the dribble to find Daniel Steres for a clean header in front of the net.

In the 80th minute, Corrales lost his mark on a throw-in and then helped Zlatan Ibrahimovic's rebound header into the net to give LA the lead for good.

Fire line-up

Ousted; Campos (Hasler 73'), Marcelo, Kappelhof, Corrales; McCarty, Schweinsteiger; Frankowski, Mihailovic (Bronico 77'), Katai (Martinez 68'); Sapong

Subs not used: Sanchez, Lillard, Herbers, Nikolic

Player ratings

Ousted -7

Campos - 5.5

Hasler -5

Marcelo -6

Kappelhof -6

Corrales - 3.5

McCarty -6

Schweinsteiger -6

Frankowski - 7

Mihailovic - 6

Bronico - 5.5

Katai - 5.5

Martinez - 5.5

Sapong - 6

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • Thanks for the article GR. I have a few questions. Have you seen Andre Reynolds play and if you have, can he put up a better "game rating" than a 3.5. If your good enough you're old enough. tia.

  • In reply to go fire:

    I have not seen Reynolds play live.

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