Herbers, who entered the match in the 65th minute, headed home Kacper Przybyłko’s feed to score the game-winner in the 78th for the Fire (3-7-5).
It is the Fire’s first win since a 3-1 home victory against Sporting Kansas City on March 19. Chicago’s longest regular-season winless streak in franchise history is at 11 matches (April-June 2011 and October 2020 to May 2021).
“It’s a relief,” Fire manager Ezra Hendrickson said. “But the last couple of games now we’ve played some really good soccer. We’re just happy that we’ve kind of stopped the bleeding so to speak. We’re looking forward now to our next opponent, going to Houston, and doing the same thing: Playing hard, playing with the mentality that we’re not going to lose. We’re not going to lose. So, this was good for the team tonight, and I’m very, very proud of the boys.”
The Chicago Fire produced more offensively, with shots (14-11) and shots on target (7-0) than DC United (4-8-2). The defensive effort helped 18-year-old Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina post his sixth shutout in 15 games (all starts) this season.
Chicago midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (right thigh) and winger Jairo Torres (left hip) did not play.
CHI: Herbers (1) 78′ (Przybylko)
Stats Summary: CHI/DCU
Shots: 14 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Passing Accuracy: 75.4% / 69.6%
Corners: 3 / 2
Fouls: 17 / 2
Offside: 2 / 1
Possession: 53% / 47%
What’s On Tap Next for the Fire?
Chicago will visit the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, June 25 at PNC Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 PM Central time (UniMás, TUDN, Twitter).
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