Fire break record; Lose to Montreal

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.”

Breaking records

The Fire went 411 minutes without having a goal scored against them, breaking a 356-minute team record from 2009.

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A fan showing his love for the Fire at their game vs Montreal this past Saturday. Photo Credit: Daniela Calvo

Game notes

  • 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.

Designated players

  • 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.

Vote for Goal of the Week!

Igboananike’s goal is up for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. Check it out, and vote for it here.

Do Fire fans still have hope?

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:

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“I feel the need… the need for speed.” Photo credit: Daniela Calvo

Chicago Fire vs Montreal Impact match recaps:

 

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