Following the Chicago Fire‘s 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on August 28, the Fire have now dropped two straight. A 2-0 loss to Kansas City on Saturday was followed up by rough performance on Wednesday in the nation’s capitol.
After Wednesday’s loss, the Fire still only have one road win this season. When searching for a playoff birth, that level of success away from Soldier Field will not get the job done.
Chicago finally snapped their road winless streak on August 28 in their win over New York. However, rather than that win being a turning point, the road woes have continued for the Fire away from the Windy City.
After a disappointing loss in Kansas City last time out, the Fire looked to get back in the win column. However, a strong first half for D.C. United changed the momentum out of the Fire’s favor. Three goals on eight total shots was the difference maker for the home team as they compete for a playoff spot.
In the first half, Ola Kamara took advantage of his opportunities against the visitors and found himself with a hat trick by the end of the first half. His first goal came at the nine-minute mark. However, he potted goals number two and three within nine minutes of each other (35′, 44′). The first two goals came via penalty kicks.
Despite the fortunate first half for D.C. United, the Fire led in possession percentage. Chicago continued that trend over the course of the game. However, the D.C. United defense kept a lot of the Fire’s chances outside the penalty area. Between that and sensational goaltending from Bill Hamid, led to the 3-0 clean sheet for Hamid and win for D.C.
13 shots from the Fire tonight was an encouraging sign. However, with the lack of chances near the goal area, Hamid and company were able to negate any Chicago offense. A lone shot on goal for the visitors tells the story of D.C.’s suffocating defense.
With time not on the Fire’s side, they would need a legendary run down the stretch here if playoffs are even word in the Fire locker room’s vocabulary.
What’s On Tap Next for the Fire?
The Chicago Fire (6-13-5) will venture north of the border on Saturday, September 19 to visit CF Montréal (9-8-7). Kick off is scheduled for noon CDT. CF Montréal currently sits in sixth-place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire will look to end their road woes in Canada, as CF Montréal looks to keep the playoffs in sight. As always, you can check out the latest Fire content, articles, and more at Second City On Tap.
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