Fire drop 1-0 decision in New York City

Playing without Aleksandar Katai and Johan Kappelhof, the shorthanded Fire played a disjointed and ugly midweek match away to New York City FC. The home team got all that they needed in the 9th minute as NYCFC played a Fire cornerkick into a quick counter. Heber fed Valentin Castellanos behind a scrambling Fire defense for the only score of the contest.

The Fire seldom challenged and didn't appear to have many ideas going forward with Katai missing due to injury and NYCFC playing a physical game with Gaitan in the close confines of their home pitch. The score could have been worse had David Ousted not gotten a fingertip on Maxi Moralez's shot off the post in the 59th. Ousted also stopped a 90th minute Moralez attempt from the penalty spot.

Przemyslaw Frankowski and Jorge Corrales made their returns from injury as second half substitutions.

Veljko Paunovic was ejected in the 83rd minute.

Fire line-up

Ousted; Campos, Marcelo, Schweinsteiger, Gutjahr (Corrales 72'); McCarty, Adams (Moreno 61'); Sapong, Gaitan, Mihailovic; Nikolic (Frankowski 76')

Subs not used: Sanchez, Lillard, Martinez, Bronico

Player ratings

Ousted - 6.5

Campos - 4

Marcelo - 4.5

Schweinsteiger - 5.5

Gutjahr - 5

McCarty - 5.5

Adams - 5

Mihailovic - 5

Gaitan - 5.5

Sapong - 5

Nikolic - 5

Moreno - 5

Frankowski - 5.5

Corrales - 5

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Too many easy give aways/turnovers in the midfield. NYC only threatened on the counter or from mind boggling Fire turnovers, otherwise the Fire had no worries. Very frustrating game to watch. Good for Ousted to stop that penalty. Dax's passing was very frustrating. Just when I had a bit of confidence in this team, they crush me once again. I would love to see you interview Pauno and get beyond his blah blah blah anwers. What was his plan as to how to attack a team that plays for the counter attack. The ball was played in NYC's half for a majority of the game. The possession stats do not show how NYC sat back and waited for Fire mistakes which were way too many. Reduce the easy give aways and the possession stats would shift to the Fire. But who cares if the Fire have the ball if they don't have a plan of attack. Pauno, do you have a plan?

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