Fire, DC play to wild 3-3 draw

The Fire and DC United played to a wildly entertaining midweek 3-3 draw. The match featured the return of Nicolas Gaitan to the lineup and Aleksandar Katai causing fits for the DC backline throughout all ninety minutes.

CJ Sapong gave the Fire the lead in the 12th minute, heading home a Gaitan free kick. Three minutes later, Katai’s foray into the box was stopped but the ball ended up on the foot of Djordje Mihailovic, whose shot from outside the area was deflected into the net past DC goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

After Johan Kappelhof exited the match due to injury in the 43rd minute, Ulises Segura got behind Raheem Edwards following a Fire turnover at midfield to get the home side back into the game. Two minutes later, Lucas Rodriguez appeared to tie it but his goal was disallowed after video review due to a handball.

From a goal kick and one pass in the 61st, Segura got behind Edwards again to slip the ball past Kenneth Kronholm and tie the game. Luciano Acosta worked his way in front of Przemyslaw Frankowski in the 81st to head in a cross and give DC its first lead of the match.

An acrobatic, overhead Bastian Schweinsteiger pass two minutes into stoppage time found Francisco Calvo in front of the net to tie the match and salvage a point on the road against the current front runners in the Eastern Conference.

Fire lineup

Kronholm; Kappelhof (Herbers 43′), Schweinsteiger, Calvo, Edwards (Marcelo 71′); McCarty, Mihailovic; Frankowski, Gaitan (Bronico 75′), Katai; Sapong

Subs not used: Ousted, Nikolic, Adams, Martinez

Player ratings

Kronholm – 5

Kappelhof – 6

Schweinsteiger – 6

Calvo – 5

Edwards – 4

McCarty – 6

Mihailovic – 6.5

Frankowski -4.5

Gaitan – 7

Katai – 7.5

Sapong – 7

Herbers – 5

Bronico – 5

Marcelo – 5


Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • The first 40 minutes were the best minutes played all year and maybe even over the course of several years. Then the wheels fell off the bus. The Fire movement in the first half off the ball was excellent. Great runs were made. Dax looked to pass forward. Great soccer. The first goal was a mistake. The second goal (the one ruled a hand ball) was just horrendous. The next two goals I think were born of exhaustion. I don't think the Fire have the same match fitness as in years past. They all seem to run out of gas. GR, is this something that is discussed by management?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    A concern about overall match fitness has not come up.

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