Two teams looking to rebound from a loss square off Wednesday night when D.C. United visit the Chicago Fire.
D.C. United fought in its match before falling to the host Philadelphia Union 2-1 last Saturday. But Chicago was blown out early while being routed 5-1 by host Nashville SC on the same day.
The Fire (3-8-2, 11 points) allowed three goals in the first 16 minutes and four in 39 during the drubbing. They also played a man short after Johan Kappelhof received a red card in the 14th minute with his side already down 2-0.
“You cannot have a start like that,” acting coach Frank Klopas said. “The first 15 minutes, I thought the game was over. We had a poor start, we go down 2-0 and you get a red card. That’s the difficult one.
“But the second half, I felt if you can take positives away from this game. I felt that we drew the second half with a man down. And in the end, I felt that the guys really never gave up.”
Klopas will run the Fire for the second consecutive match as coach Raphael Wicky attends to an urgent family health matter in his native Switzerland.
Ignacio Aliseda scored the Fire’s goal against Nashville.
D.C. United (5-7-1, 16 points) lost to the Union due to Philadelphia’s Kacper Przybylko scoring the decisive goal in the 83rd minute.
Yamil Asad converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute for D.C. United’s goal. Otherwise, the offense was quiet one match after setting a franchise record for goals in a 7-1 rout of Toronto FC on July 3.
“We need to get smarter, we need to get a little more intelligent knowing if you can get a point on the road, you take a point and also don’t give three to an opponent,” D.C. United coach Hernan Losada said. “In a tight Eastern Conference, where every point is going to count, we need to be more of an MLS team and less a college team.”
D.C. United revealed Monday that defender Brendan Hines-Ike fractured a hip socket in the win on July 3. Another backliner, Steve Birnbaum, returned from a nine-month absence due to multiple ankle surgeries to play against Philadelphia, but twisted the same ankle and will sit out Wednesday.
Also, leading goal scorer Ola Kamara (five) is expected to miss his second straight game due to a family matter.
–Field Level Media
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