Holy Dalmatian Fire Fans was that a game, a night to remember? The Fire routed the defending Champs the Seattle Sounders 4-1 on Saturday night. The Fire came out in the second half and put on a soccer show in front of the first sellout crowd since 2015. The Three were two goals from Nemanja Nikolic and one each from David Accam and Luis Solignac. There were assists from Michael de Leeuw, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Nemanja Nikolic, Brandon Vincent, David Accam, and Johan Kapplehoff. After a bit of controversy in the first half, Nikolic scored on a retaken penalty in the 25th minute then Clint Dempsey equalized 3 minutes later. But in the second half it was all the Fire, they possessed the ball, created and finished chances. There were six different players with assists for the first time since August 14, 2002. There was passion and excitement on the pitch and in the stands. With his two goals in the game Nikolic is now tied at the top of the scoring list. Nikolic, Accam, and Vincent made the team of the week. The team is looking more and more like the teams of the glory days. Will this be the point where the Fire turn it all around?

The match marked the first 4 goal game since May 10, 2014. This was only the second time the Fire have beaten Seattle. Dax McCarty, who wore the Captains armband in the match said, “After we got the second goal I think you saw our confidence just grow, I think once we realized that hey, we deserve to be out on the field with the champions, we started to take it to them and that was a good feeling.” So have the Fire served notice that they can hang with the big boys, that any team that dares to set foot in Toyota Park does so at their own peril? According to McCarty, “We still have a long way to go, no question about it. We’re still learning on the fly how to win and that’s something that only comes with going through tough games like tonight.” Nemanja Nikolic who had two goals and an assist said “when you have a good result, you don’t need to drop, you don’t need to be scared of nobody, you just need to follow the things that you talk about before the game and to believe in the work.” There are still a lot of matches before the team, but it seems the team is going in the right direction to a return to the Tradition, Honor and passion forged 20 years ago

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