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Get three points check, score goals check, and get a shut out check. The Fire checked all the boxes in their 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The Fire dominated the game from the opening whistle in the first half. They scored both goals before the 17th minute. Designated player Nemanja Nickolic slotted home his first MLS goal in the 11th minute. He looked to be way off side when the ball came to him, but the ball was actually played to him by a RSL player, so the goal counted. Arturo Alvarez scored the second only four minutes later with some fancy footwork. The Fire were able to keep clean sheet with a lot of teamwork and some gritty defending.

The opening two games of the season have given fans hope for a return to the playoffs. But Dax McCarty was more cautious, praising the team effort, but saying that they conceded far too much possession to RSL in the second half. But as many fans will tell you the old teams would have conceded goals and tied or lost the game. It is obvious that the mentality of this team is a winning one. The team supported their fallen teammate, John Goossens by wearing Tee shirts during warm ups that said Get Well Goose. Two Fire players Johan Kapplehoff and Dax McCarty earned Team of the Week Honors on Monday for their excellent play in the Match. Jorge Bava commanded his are well to keep the shut out. Six of RSL’s shots were blocked by the Men in Red. The win was the first for the Fire against RSL since 2009. The fire haven’t won their Home opener since 2012. So all these stats point to what could be an excellent 2017 season.

The fans who braved the 28 degree were able to cheer a Fire victory. The Fire are currently in second place in the Eastern conference standings. It is a long season so ups and downs are expected, but there is a measure of cautious optimism among the Fire faithful. Four points from two games though has the Fire off to a fast start.

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