Fire fall short in Portland

Despite giving up two early goals and playing man short for more than an hour, the Fire managed to stay close in Portland before dropping a 3-2 decision to the Timbers. The home team scored in the eleventh minute when David Ousted came out to challenge a long pass behind the defense for Martin Loria. Ousted knocked the ball away from Moria but the bounce landed at the foot of Jose Moreira, who chipped the ball into the net.

The Timbers scored again in the 21st as Brian Fernandez found a spot between Grant Lillard and Jonathan Bornstein to nudge Cristhian Paredes’ cross across the goal line.

Aleksandar Katai was shown a straight red card after video review for an elbow to the face of Julio Cascante.

Portland missed several chances and had a few denied by Ousted to keep the Fire in the game before another set piece got the Fire close. Brandt Bronico floated a free kick into the box in the 74th causing goalkeeper Steve Clark to knock the ball away. The rebound found Nemanja Nikolic, who headed the ball in off of Paredes.

The Timbers increased the lead to 3-1 in the 88th when Fernandez struck again on the counter as the Fire pressed for an equalizer.

CJ Sapong finished the scoring in the 82nd. Amando Moreno created some space and found Przemyslaw Frankowski, who served a perfect cross into the area allowing Sapong to head the ball past Clark.

The Fire played the match without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty, and Nicolas Gaitan.

Fire line-up

Ousted; Kappelhof (Moreno 89′), Lillard, Marcelo, Bornstein (Calvo 46′); Azira, Bronico; Katai, Mihailovic (Sapong 61′), Frankowski; Nikolic

Subs not used: Sanchez, Campos, Reynolds, Gutjahr

Player ratings

Ouste  Р5.5

Kappelhof  Р6

Lillard – 5

Marcelo – 5

Bornstein – 4.5

Azira – 5.5

Bronico – 5.5

Katai – 4.5

Mihailovic – 5

Frankowski – 6

Nikolic – 6

Calvo – 5.5

Sapong – 6

Moreno – 6

Filed under: 2019 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire

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