Fire earn first win with 1-0 victory over Red Bulls

The game wasn't pretty but the Fire outplayed New York in a deserved 1-0 win at SeatGeek Stadium. The attack generated numerous chances in the first half although they failed to break through in a scoreless first 45 minutes.

The lone goal came in the 48th when Przemyslaw Frankowski and New York goalkeeper Luis Robles got tangled up in front of the net. A loose ball found its way to Nemanja Nikolic, who kicked it over his head off the post and onto defender Tim Parker, who was attempting to clear the shot. It was officially ruled as an own-goal.

Homegrown rookie Jeremiah Gutjahr and Nicolas Gaitan made their Fire debuts. Mo Adams was recalled from loan to play a strong game.

Fire line-up

Ousted; Kappelhof, Marcelo, Schweinsteiger, Gutjahr; Adams, McCarty; Frankowski, Katai (Gaitan 63'), Sapong, Nikolic (Mihailovic 80')

Subs not used: Cleveland, Lillard, Bronico, Moreno, Campos

Players ratings

Ousted - 6

Kappelhof - 6

Marcelo - 6

Schweinsteiger - 6

Gutjahr - 6

McCarty - 6

Adams - 7

Frankowski - 5.5

Sapong - 5.5

Katai - 5.5

Nikolic - 5.5

Gaitan - 5

Mihailovic - 5

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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  • It was a fun game to watch. The Fire created some great chances. The defense held up. For once I felt like the back four worked well together. I think that Basti looks to make the long ball pass too often when there were easier, more positive passes to be made. Mo Adams played very well. I like his energy. I think Edwards at left back would make the attack even more dangerous. Overall, very positive. This week is going to be tough.

  • Mo Adams was fantastic Saturday. He barely put a foot wrong the whole match. Bone crunching tackles and he ran his socks off. He earned his minutes and should be playing next match. Now Niko, should silently move to the bench and be coming on as a sub. Move Sapong up top with Gaitan behind him and Katai and Fankowski on the wings.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I've been thinking along the same lines for a while, but on Saturday, Nico actually out ran RB's central defenders a few times to track down a through ball or a ball over the top. I have not seen him do that in 2 years. I think he is getting the message that if he wants to score goals he has to work for it.

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