Lack of offense dooms the Chicago Fire in their road loss to New York City FC

Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic is thrown out by referee Robert Sibiga in the second half against the match against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on April 24, 2019. (Elsa/Getty Images)

By Ernesto Hernandez


It was one-and-done for the Chicago Fire’s winning streak as they lost 1-0 against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.

The story of the game was a shortage of goal-scoring opportunities created by the Fire. Where in the past the issue was converting the chances the team created, this time around, they were unable to create any chances at all. The Fire only had six shots in the entire game with none on target.

Part of the problem was they once again had to make changes in their starting eleven. Johan Kappelhof was out due to illness and Aleksandar Katai was out due to injury. Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic had to rearrange his team which meant the inclusion of Diego Campos at right back and the inclusion of Djordje Mihailovic in place of Katai. Still, that is not an excuse.

Options up front is something the Fire possess yet, early on this season, they seem to go through games where they look flat offensively. NYCFC were able to neutralize Nico Gaitán and, with the team not having another creative presence, stymie an already weary-looking attack.

To make matters worse, NYCFC’s goal came off a Fire corner kick. They hit Chicago on the break and badly exposed their inability to track back.

The lone bright spot for Chicago was David Ousted stopping a penalty late in the game. After a few errors to start the season, Ousted has looked sharp and has been what the Fire were looking for when they signed him.

The Fire look to start another winning streak when they travel up north to Canada to face the Montreal Impact. It won’t be an easy game and they’ll have to do it without Paunovic on the sideline as he was sent off in this game.

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