Fire Hang On For Massive Road Win

2017-06-20 NE v CHI

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There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in. Good thing for them that they didn’t succumb completely, because Matt Lampson’s failure to punch a ball clear led to Antonio Delamea’s response nine minutes later, and a game that was surely in the bag became competitive once again. The Fire managed to close out for a 2:1 win, but there were more than a few heart palpitations along the way.

New England created enough opportunities to get something out of this game, but the shockingly poor quality of their finishing right in front of goal was their undoing. Despite outshooting the Fire by a gaudy 24-8 margin, the shots on target were far more even (5-4 in favor of New England). They might easily have scored four, with a bit of luck. Instead, they spent the 90 minutes chasing the game, because of what the Fire did to build that two-goal lead.

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Prime Your Fire Pump: Chicago vs. Sporting Kansas City #3

A win versus the East's best may require scratching, clawing, poke to the eyes (PHOTO: Brian Kersey/Chicago Fire)

A win versus the East’s best may require scratching, clawing, poke to the eyes, etc. (PHOTO: Brian Kersey/Chicago Fire)

Jon Denham makes his OTF debut and Down the Byline’s Mike Kuhn brings the SKC knowledge for the Fire’s third and final regular season matchup of 2013 with the boys in powder blue…

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Dispatch from a Man in the Stands: Fire at Sporting KC

S8OT reppin’ well at SKC. That’s me in the corner. That’s me in the spotlight, practicing my religion.

If you care about what you do and what you write, and if you passionately love your club and your fellow fans, being a virtual hype-man can be a high-risk proposition at times.

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