In what has to be the most disheartening loss of the season, including the US Open Cup loss to a second division side, the Fire lost at home to the team with the worst record in MLS. Fanendo Adi's 83rd minute goal gave FC Cincinnati a surprise 2-1 win in a match that the Fire controlled statistically once again.
The visitors took the lead in the first minute when Leonardo Bertone's cross following a goal kick, bounced off of Fabian Herbers and onto the foot of Allan Cruz, who finished neatly past Kenneth Kronholm.
The Fire had a chance to tie the game in the 22nd minute when referee Fotis Bazakos awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review of a foul on CJ Sapong at the top of the area. Nicolas Gaitan's attempt from the spot hit the left goalpost and bounced away before anyone could collect it.
The Fire got another chance from the spot in first half stoppage time. Przemyslaw Frankowski's cross hit Emmanuel Ledesma's hand in the penalty area and Gaitan stepped to take another chance. His initial attempt was stopped by FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey, but Gaitan gathered the rebound this time and finished.
FC Cincinnati took the lead in the 83rd after Djordje Mihailovic lost the ball at midfield. Kekuta Manneh found Fanendo Adi with only Francisco Calvo ahead of him. His low shot from about 18 yards out beat Kronholm to the far post to hand the Fire another loss.
The match was stopped due to extreme weather and lightning shortly after Gaitan's first PK miss and resumed after a 59-minute delay.
Kronholm; Bronico, Kappelhof, Calvo, Corrales; McCarty, Herbers (Mihailovic 64'); Frankowski (Nikolic 75'), Gaitan. Katai (Moreno 90'): Sapong
Subs not used: Sanchez, Campos, Marcelo, Lillard
Kronholm - 4.5
Bronico - 5
Kappelhof - 5
Calvo - 4.5
Corrales - 4.5
McCarty - 6
Herbers - 4.5
Frankowski - 5
Gaitan - 5
Katai - 4.5
Sapong - 4.5
Mihailovic - 4
Nikolic - 5
Moreno - 5