Chicago Fire Lose Again at D.C. United, Maintain Losing Streak

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WASHINGTON D.C. - The Chicago Fire figured that they might have a chance to clinch their first win against D.C. United, a team that shared a three game losing streak with Chicago. The Fire are still search for their first win this season as Chicago Fire lose to D.C. United 1-0 in week five. 

Chicago Fire Lose Again at D.C. United, Maintain Losing Streak

First Half 

United scored early during the seventh minute when Adrien Perez passed the ball from the goal line to Edison Flores inside the box. Flores had space at close-range in front of net and found no trouble in burying the ball. 

Fire defender Wyatt Omsberg kept the game at a one goal margin in the 20th minute when he blocked an empty net shot from Flores with his head. 

Other than Omsberg’s save, little was impressive about the Fire barring a promising performance from 17 year old Brian Gutiérrez. Given his first nod on the Starting XI, Gutiérrez was the most impressive player for the Fire in the first half.

In the 32nd minute, Gutiérrez made a run into the box, receiving the ball and finding himself surrounded by three defenders. He managed a shot, but it was saved by United goalkeeper Jon Kempin.  

Gutiérrez got another attempt in the 37th minute when he hit the far post from the top of the box. 

Second Half 

The Fire showed just how abysmal a team’s crossing game can be in the second half. Despite the fact that crossing the ball into the box was Chicago’s main attacking strategy, not a single cross produced a threatening opportunity until stoppage time. 

The lone chance happened in the 72nd minute when Przemysław Frankowski made a run toward goal and crossed the ball to Fabian Herbers. Herbers connected with the ball using his head, but it hit the crossbar and went out of play.

Chicago maintained possession throughout the game and into the second half. Yet, nothing came of that which consisted mostly of knocking the ball around in the backfield. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth used his feet more than he likely needed to. 

Instead of looking to create opportunities, the midfield mostly looked for support - odd for a team that should be hungry for goals. 

Chicago have not scored a goal in three games, and they finish week five with only one point. The Fire losing streak extends to four games. 

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