Fire deliver in must-win against Colorado

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.

Fire line-up

Ousted; Kappelhof, Marcelo, Schweinsteiger, Gutjahr; McCarty, Mihailovic (Adams 62’); Katai, Gaitan, Sapong (Moreno 84’); Nikolic (Bronico 76’)

Subs not used: Sanchez, Campos, Lillard, Martinez

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • I wouldn't describe CJ's goal as an easy tap in. He had to work really hard to get to the spot to connect with the pass. The goal was fantastic across the board from katai's first move to get free up the right side, to the pass, to CJ's ability to read the play and make the run all the way to the back post. The team still lack's a coherant style, but the talent definitely is there.

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