Two weeks ago, the Chicago Fire took to the pitch at Toyota Park against the Philadelphia Union in blizzard-like conditions. This weekend, the sun was shining and optimism was in the air. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t foreshadow the final result for the Fire on Saturday as all had hoped.
Sportsbooks in Las Vegas had the Chicago Fire and the Montreal Impact at a virtual tie. But even with a first-half goal from Kennedy Igboananike and a halftime lead, the Fire dropped to Montreal Impact 2-1 with a stoppage-time goal from Impact’s Ignacio Piatti.
Igboananike’s thoughts on the game via chicago-fire.com:
“I am disappointed to lose after leading in the first half. We thought we were going to have it in the second half. Sometimes in soccer you never know. I think we gave it our best, everybody did well, but we made mistakes and they took advantage of it. We just have to keep our heads up and move on to the next game. There’s a lot of games left so we just have to keep our heads up.”
The Fire went 411 minutes without having a goal scored against them, breaking a 356-minute team record from 2009.
- Eric Lampson ended his shutout streak of three consecutive games with two goals scored on him by Montreal. (Postmatch interview with Lampson)
- Alex Morrell, who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, made his first appearance for the team. Morrell subbed in for John Goossens in the 58th minute.
- Eric Gehrig and Sean Johnson still didn’t see any minutes for the Fire, as I mentioned in an earlier post. This is especially unusual for Johnson, as he has made 150 appearances for the Fire since 2010.
- David Accam: Still sidelined with injuries, Accam didn’t see any minutes on Saturday. He is hopeful to play in the Fire’s next match on April 30th against DC United.
- Igboananike: The loan goal for the Fire was scored by Igboananike in the 29th minute of the game with an assist from Gilberto. He now has three goals in the six games he’s played in the 2016 season.
- Gilberto: Gilberto still hasn’t scored a goal for the Fire in 2016.
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With only six points in six games, the Fire need to push forward so they’re are not destined to repeat the last two extraordinarily disappointing seasons.
In supporter news:
- A two-pole reppin‘ Matt Polster was on display in The Harlem End on Saturday
- Section 8 Chicago (S8C) and Sector Latino supported Chicago Fire Academy on Sunday in a three-game series.
- Tickets to Chicago Fire vs. DC United on April 30 are on sale now via S8C
- The Chicago Red Stars’ home opener is Saturday. Welcome them back to Toyota Park at the start of their 2016 season. Red Stars lost their NWSL opener to Houston Dash with a score of 3-1. Christen Press scored the only goal for the Stars.
Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact match recaps:
- Chicagoland Soccer News: Plenty of Work to do: Saturday’s loss to Impact exposes Fire
- SBI: Piatti’s late winner helps Impact dose Fire
- Sense-Net Media: Fire burnt by Impact, Season Overview
- Hot Time in Old Town: Instant Recap: Montreal come back to win 2-1 over Fire
- Fire Confidential: Impact 2 Fire 1 – recap and ratings