Chicago Fire make it a ‘party of five’ as they blow past New England

The Chicago Fire ended a streak of three consecutive shutouts by scoring five goals past the New England Revolution. (Chicago Fire Soccer Club)

By Ernesto Hernandez


 

The Chicago Fire played their best game of the season in a 5-0 rout of the New England Revolution.

A brace by Nemanja Nikolic and late goals by Nico Gaitan, Brandt Bronico, and Przemyslaw Frankowski capped off an outstanding performance behind the background of a scenic spring night.

The Fire carried the momentum from the draw against LAFC and beat a team that holds the worst defensive record in the conference. Judging by the display Wednesday night, there’s a good reason for that. As surprising as it may sound, the scoreline flatters New England as the Fire could have won this game by an even larger margin.

Nemanja Nikolic got back into the swing of things with his brace. It was a confidence booster for him as he was in a scoring drought and missed a few chances early on. Both goals came off set pieces finishing with Nikolic at the back post heading it home. His perfromance was enough to earn him Man of the Match following the game.

Nico Gaitan also got on the score sheet tapping in the ball for his first goal as a member of the Chicago Fire. To go along with his goal, he also had two assists. An all-around complete game from the Argentine playmaker.

Perhaps the best, and most significant, goal came from Brandt Bronico. Coming off signing a new contract, the 23-year-old midfielder came on a substitute in the second half and beautifully curled a shot inside the box in the 78th minute.

Bronico spoke both about his goal and his new contract after the game.

“The defender kind of stayed off me so, you know, Pauno was originally telling Katai and I listen to the things that he tells him in case I’m in those situations. To take him into the box and either draw him in or if he gives you space shoot the ball and neither of the defenders stepped to me so I cut insides and shot the ball,” said Bronico.

On his new deal, “Huge thanks to the Fire and the MLS. Extremely happy to be here if you couldn’t tell after today, I love this group of guys, I love this staff, I love this organization so yeah I’m just happy to be here.”

The Fire’s dominant win capped off what was an interesting day in the world of the Chicago Fire.

The team now sit one point behind a playoff spot and prepare for a quick turnaround as they face Minnesota United on the weekend.

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