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Chicago Fire Shut Out Seattle Sounders 1-0 for 2nd Straight Win

Fire captain Rafael Czichos scored the lone goal for Chicago, which won consecutive matches for the first time since March.

Rafael Czichos Goal Chicago Fire Seattle Sounders
Photo: Chicago Fire

Rafael Czichos scored and Gabriel Slonina made two saves for the Chicago Fire to defeat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on Saturday at Soldier Field.

Federico Navarro sent a cross into the penalty area for Czichos, who whipped a header into the net in the 23rd minute. Slonina’s two saves came against Jordan Morris in the seventh and 89th minutes for his second straight clean sheet, and ninth this season.

The Fire (6-10-5) continued their strong play at home in front of 13,601 as they improved to 4-1-0 in their past five home matches. Chicago played without reigning MLS Player of the Week Jhon Duran (left ankle injury). The 18-year-old scored twice in the Fire’s 2-0 home win over Toronto on Wednesday.

“We just did not want to lose this game tonight,” Fire coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “I’m so proud of the players because it’s so easy throughout this year, this first six-seven months to just give up. But they never did. They never, ever gave up.”

Stefan Cleveland made four saves for Seattle (8-10-2), which dropped its third straight shutout loss. The Sounders played without Raul Ruidiaz (hamstring strain), who is tied with Morris for the team lead in goals at five.

“The playoffs are… we can make it,” Slonina said. “I believe in this team, I believe in the coaching staff and the belief they instill in us. If we just keep plugging away in training and believing and having that confidence of how we played, I think that we’ll be in good shape for Vancouver this weekend.”

Scoring Summary

CHI – Czichos (2) (F. Navarro 1) 23’

Stats Summary (CHI/SEA)

Shots: 9 / 15
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Passing Accuracy: 81.6% / 84.9%
Corners: 6/10
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offsides: 1 / 3
Possession: 49.6% / 50.4%

What’s On Tap Next?

The Chicago Fire travel to Canada to face the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 9 PM Central and the match will air on WGN.

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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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