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10-Man Chicago Fire Fall 3-0 at Minnesota United

Minnesota scored two goals in the final six minutes with Chicago playing a man down after midfielder Federico Navarro was sent off.

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Minnesota United defender Kemar Lawrence, right, and Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, left, play the ball in the first half at Allianz Field. Photo: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Fire fell 3-0 to Minnesota United on Saturday night at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Loons (4-2-2) scored three consecutive goals, including two in the final six minutes with the Fire (2-2-4) down to 10 men after Federico Navarro’s second yellow card in the 77th minute. Emanuel Reynoso had a goal and assist, and Bongokuhle Hlongwane had two assists for Minnesota. The Loons’ Dayne St. Claire made four saves to earn the clean sheet against Chicago (2-2-4).

The Fire’s best scoring chance came in the 55th when Miguel Navarro sent a pass across the box to Stanislav Ivanov, whose shot to the top-right corner of the net was saved by St. Claire. It is the first time Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has conceded more than one goal in a match this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri had three scoring attempts and won 42.9 percent of his duels in 82 minutes after missing the Fire’s past two matches with a calf injury.

The Fire did not allow a shot on target in the first 70 minutes of the match then Reynoso capitalized on Wyatt Osberg’s turnover to make it 1-0 in the 72nd minute. Wil Trapp stole Osberg’s intended pass then Bongokuhle Hlongwane found Reynoso at the top of the box.

Navarro received his second yellow card for a slide tackle on Robin Lod’s breakaway at the edge of the box. Kervin Arriaga knocked in Reynoso’s corner kick to increase the lead to 2-0 in the 84th.

Lod danced around Osmberg at the top left of the box then sent a shot to the bottom right of the net in the 88th for the 3-0 final.

Scoring Summary

MIN: Reynoso ’72 (Hlongwane, Trapp)

MIN: Arriaga ’84 (Reynoso)

MIN: Lod ’88 (Hlongwane)

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago Fire return home to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at Soldier Field. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m on WGN-TV and MLS LIVE on ESPN+.

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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