Another three points for a team that has three times as many consecutive home wins.
With a remarkable offensive display, and an equally impressive defensive showing, the Chicago Fire made Franchise history on Saturday night with their 4-1 win over the New England Revolution, by setting a club record for nine-straight home wins. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Chicago’s nine-game home win streak is currently tied for the second-longest in MLS history.
Chicago’s offensive rage first showed its colors in the seventh minute, thanks to a fantastic cross-field pass from Joao Meira to Matt Polster. Polster headed the ball after one bounce and took a rather big touch in his pursuit for a goal, but was not deterred by an oncoming Diego Fagundez, who didn’t make much of an effort to swipe the ball away. Polster booted a wonderous deliverance via the outside of his right foot to generate enough spin to make it out of reach for the outstretched foot of Revolution defender Antonio Mlinar Delmea and goalkeeper Cody Cropper. The goal put the Fire on the scoreboard and energized the crowd at Toyota Park.
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After both teams had ample scoring opportunities, the Revolution struck next, in the 23th minute. It seemed as if Kei Kamara was wearing Jordan’s instead of cleats, as he elevated himself to nod in a Lee Nguyen cross on a direct free kick to level the score at one.
The most exciting goal of the night was scored in the 38th minute, when Juninho scored his first goal in a Chicago Fire uniform. Patrick Doody delivered his first assist of the night, passing the ball to Juninho via a brilliant Bastian Schweinsteiger dummy. Juninho immediately fired a ground ball strike that rolled past a diving Cropper to give Chicago the lead.
Even after the conclusion of the first half, the Fire kept scoring, and Patrick Doody kept distributing. Doody’s second assist was a beautifully placed cross on the run with his left foot that found a charging Michael de Leeuw, who headed it into the back of the net to put the Fire up 3-1. The goal was de Leeuw’s ninth of the season.
It was just the second game Doody had played all season, and his third assist of the game, and fourth overall came in the second minute of extra time. He was seemingly boxed in by two Revolution defenders in the corner, when he made a steller escape pass to Luis Solignac. Solignac proceeded to dribble around two Revolution defenders before finishing in the back of the net past Cropper doing his best Jean Claude van Damme impression.
No penalty cards were distributed by head referee Silviu Petrescu during the match, however Chicago players David Accam (45+1′), Michael de Leeuw (64′) and Jonathan Campbell (80′) were all cautioned for misconduct, as was Benjamin Anguoa of the Revolution (44′).
Petrescu tweeted his whistle thrice, and with it, Chicago had gained another three points and gained more ground in the Eastern Conference race.
Referees: Silviu Petrescu (Head), Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho (AR1), Andrew Bigelow (AR2), Juan Guzman Jr. (4th), Sorin Stoica (Video)
Note: With the victory, the Chicago Fire swept the season series against the Revolution, 9-2 on aggregate, winning the games 2-1, 3-0, and 4-1.
Chicago Fire: Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire – MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio) – Saturday, August 12th @6:30 P.M. CT (CSN Chicago)
New England Revolution: New England Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts) – Saturday, August 12 @8:00 P.M. ET (CSN New England, TSN)