In an early season have-to-have-it match against the winless Colorado Rapids, the Fire finally delivered a look at what their attack could achieve if things are flowing in their favor. The 4-1 victory at SeatGeek Stadium featured Nicolas Gaitan’s best effort since joining the team and a resounding second half team performance.
Gaitan set up Nemanja Nikolic for the first score of the game in the 34th minute with a perfectly weighted cross into the box that the forward headed past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Rapids closed the first half level as Kei Kamara managed to redirect a corner kick into the Fire net in the 40th minute.
The Fire took control in the second half as Dax McCarty sprung Aleksandar Katai up the left side of the Rapids defense in the 53rd. Katai found CJ Sapong in front of goal for an easy tap in.
Sapong played a ball into the box in the 61st to find Gaitan for an acrobatic, no-look pass to the front of the net that was calmly finished by Djordje Mihailovic.
Katai closed the scoring with a golazo from just outside the penalty area in the 80th minute.
Ousted; Kappelhof, Marcelo, Schweinsteiger, Gutjahr; McCarty, Mihailovic (Adams 62’); Katai, Gaitan, Sapong (Moreno 84’); Nikolic (Bronico 76’)
Subs not used: Sanchez, Campos, Lillard, Martinez