After three games played away from home, Chicago Fire came back home to defend their home record against Seattle Sounders. Fans filled the seats Saturday night with almost a full house. Veljko Paunovic played the same lineup, but with the change of Michael de Leeuw who played in attacking midfielder position, and Bastian Schweinsteiger moving back in the center midfielder position. It was a solid team, but the fire had some complications during the first half. Seattle’s defense was solid while the Fire’s struggled a bit. Both teams attacked well, but the men in red were a lot quicker on their feet. David Accam and Luis Solignac had some big impacts this game followed by the man of the match Nemanja Nikolic. In the 25th minute Luis Solignac had fouled in the box and the ref gave the Fire a penalty. David Accam stepped up to take it and his shot was saved by Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei. The ref blew the whistle once again and let the Fire retake the penalty from what clearly looked like Frei stepped off his line too early. Chicago switched penalty takers with Nikolic coming up and making it his 7th goal of the season. Frei was unhappy and received a yellow card as a result of his actions. It didn’t take long for Seattle to fire back, in just 3 minutes Clint Dempsey tied the match. There were many mistakes in the first half, but when the second half started, the Fire looked like a brand new team, which has been the case all season. Pauno’s side got better defensively with the addition of more pressure and keeping Seattle away from the box. The midfield and offense also played a big role in that by keeping the ball forward, by giving Seattle fewer opportunities. In the 60th minute, David Accam redeemed himself for his missed penalty and changed the score (from whatever the score was) to 2-1. Followed by Luis Solignac scored in the 73rd minute and Nemanja Nikolic scoring in the 76th minute, ending the match with 4-1.

 

Even though the match finished at 4-1, it most definitely was not one sided. Seattle fought hard until the very last minute having almost 53% possession, but it just wasn’t their game. Chicago Fire is doing great at home with a solid record. The fans helped out Saturday almost filling every seat in the stadium which created a nice atmosphere. Many Seattle fans traveled to Bridgeview to watch the game. Chicago Fire so far had five home games and won four of the five matches. They tied one (against who) receiving 13 points accumulative. They are playing at home like they should be, they are winning games. The Fire’s form has been great at home, but away games are a struggle for the men in red. Fans love seeing these matches and the fans eyes will be set to this Wednesday’s game against Colorado Rapids. The Fire has been fighting hard to regain power they used to hold. We know what Chicago is capable of, we’ve seen the way they can attack and the amount of potential they hold. Now it all depends on how they use that potential. Every home game will now be looked at as a must win. Chicago Fire is currently unbeatable at home. Wednesday’s home game will be an interesting game, to see what the men in red have on hold for their fans.

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