Chicago comes home from New England with another three points on the road. This trip was even more impressive than the last road win, in DC. Chicago were up against a real challenge with a Revolution squad who were undefeated at home this season. It makes it more impressive when you add that it was without the help of designated player, David Accam. This match was also played on turf and came after a midweek Open Cup match in St. Louis.
The control of the game swung back and forth but Chicago were the first to score when Nicolic found miles of space behind the backline and got two chances to put the ball in the back of the net.
The second half saw Chicago double their lead when Dax McCarty finds a “third line pass”. Matt Doyle explains the importance of McCarty’s refusal to play the easy ball.
Armchair Analyst: Dax McCarty refuses to hit the easy pass, and Chicago prosper because of it pic.twitter.com/mxj9x1E6hX
— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) June 18, 2017
This third line pass finds Nicolic who manages to chip the ball to a streaking De Leeuw. De Leeuw intelligently taps the ball to the newest on fire, Chicago player, Luis Solignac.
New England eventually answer back with an aerial battle that ended in an Antonio Delamea goal. After many missed opportunities throughout the game, this ended up not being enough for The Revs.
The end of the match meant Chicago was first in the MLS standings, this only lasted a short while as Toronto’s game came to an end and put Chicago back to one point behind the league leaders.
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson, Matt Polster, Joao Meira, Johan Kappelhof, Brandon Vincent, Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luis Solignac (Jonathan Campbell 73), Juninho, Michael de Leeuw (Arturo Alvarez 83), Nemanja Nikolic (Drew Conner 89)
- David Accam did not travel with the team due to “recovery”.
- Possible summer transfer target Jakub Blaszczykowski could be a direct replacement if the rumors of Accam leaving this summer are true.
- Chicago beat St. Louis 1-0 to move onto the sweet sixteen of the Open Cup. They will play at Cincinnati on the 28th.
- Also if you have not checked out Solignac’s Open Cup winner https://youtu.be/WKFMxxEka7U?t=31