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Chicago Fire Stumble in 0-0 Draw With Atlanta United

The Fire extended their unbeaten streak to four games but saw their winning streak end against a struggling Atlanta squad.

Rafael Czichos Chicago Fire FC
Photo: Chicago Fire FC

The Chicago Fire failed to win four straight matches for the first time since 2017 after a 0-0 draw against Atlanta United on Saturday at Soldier Field.

Chicago (7-10-6, 27 points) had won three consecutive matches for the first time this season entering the contest. It was a missed opportunity for the Fire to pick up three points against Atlanta (6-9-7, 25 points) and move into the seventh playoff spot in the East heading into August.

Fire head coach Ezra Hendrickson remained positive.

“The big thing for me from this game is, a month, two months ago, we lose that game tonight,” Hendrickson said referring to the team’s prior 10-match winless streak. “We find some way to lose that game and that didn’t happen (Saturday) night.”

The Fire appeared to take a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute when Xherdan Shaqiri buried Miguel Navarro’s cross into the right corner. Video review, however, showed Shaqiri was offside.

Gabriel Slonina made two saves for his 10th clean sheet of the season. The 18-year-old goalkeeper’s 10 clean sheets are second to former Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who is with reigning MLS champions NYCFC (11).

The Soldier Field playing surface is never great, and Saturday was no exception. The field was re-sodded after The Weeknd’s concert, which slowed the pace of play for both sides.

The lost points hurt the Fire’s playoff chances, but they might also be without another defender. Carlos Teran exited in the 76th minute with a hamstring injury. Hendrickson said field conditions did not play a role in the injury.

“Hopefully it’s not anything too difficult,” Hendrickson said of Teran. “We have a very good high-performance staff and very good trainers and staff. So hopefully he’ll be ready for next weekend. But we’ll see what happens.”

Stats Summary (CHI/ATL)

Shots: 15 / 13
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Passing Accuracy: 80% / 81.5%
Corners: 7 / 8
Fouls: 7 / 18
Offsides: 2 / 2
Possession: 49.3% / 50.7%

What’s On Tap Next For The Fire?

The Chicago Fire visit Charlotte FC for the first time next Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 PM CT on WGN-TV.

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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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