After two losses in a row, Chicago Fire defended their unbeaten home streak against New England Revolution. Chicago Fire has already defeated New England twice this season before meeting for the third time. Still injured Brandon Vincent, was not in the lineup but was replaced by defender Patrick Doody. After losing their captain Dax McCarty during the gold cup, Dax finally returned home to help the men in red secure the three points. Three points that were badly needed with Toronto FC moving up towards the supporter shield.
Chicago Fire played a tough game against a well equipped New England side. Kei Kamara in good form recently as well as midfielder Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, and forward Agudelo are not the player’s defenders want to face. But the Fire did not step down from a challenge, especially at home, having an 8 game win streak. Chicago Fire made their mark in the 8th minute when defender Matt Polster flanked from the right side to cut through and fake out not one but two defenders to score his first goal of the season. It didn’t take long for New England to fire back during a set piece where forward Kei Kamara headed the ball in the back of the net equalizing the score. Fire defense played a fantastic game locking down the defense making sure New England wouldn’t be able to have any more chances. Patrick Doody was on “Fire” Saturday night with a dummy pass to Bastian who was leading and assisting Juninho to make the score 2-1. The Fire wasn’t done there, neither was Patrick Doody who made a run past Scott Caldwell to cross in into the penalty area where the “lion”, Michael de Leeuw, was there to head it in to make his second goal of the season. When fans believed the match would have ended 3-1, Luis Solignac who was subbed in on the 82nd minute secured the win with a 4-1 victory when Doody passed the ball to Solignac by being pressured off the ball.
After two losses in a row back after the gold cup break, Chicago Fire returned from the MLS All-Star break to face New England in their 3rd match against their Eastern Conference rivals. The Fire winning their 9 home games in a row, keeping their unbeaten streak at home have proven themselves to be hard to beat at home this season.