Fire host DC United as each side looks to the correct ship
Posted On July 20, 2021
Two teams are looking to bounce back from a loss Wednesday night when DC United visit the Chicago Fire.
DC United struggled in their game before falling 2-1 to host Union Philadelphia last Saturday. But Chicago was blown away early while being routed 5-1 by host Nashville SC on the same day.
The Fire (3-8-2, 11 points) allowed three goals in the first 16 minutes and four in 39 during beatings. They also played a man shortly after Johan Kappelhof received a red card in the 14th minute with his side already down 2-0.
“You can’t start like this,” interim coach Frank Klopas said. “The first 15 minutes I thought the game was over. We got off to a bad start, we lose 2-0 and you get a red card. This is the hardest part.
“But the second half I felt you could take some positives from that game. I felt we had drawn in the second half with a down man. And in the end j felt the guys really never gave up. “
Klopas will lead the fire for the second game in a row as coach Raphael Wicky deals with an urgent family health issue in his native Switzerland.
Ignacio Aliseda scored the Fire’s goal against Nashville.
DC United (5-7-1, 16 points) lost to Union due to the decisive goal from Philadelphia’s Kacper Przybylko in the 83rd minute.
Yamil Asad converted a 51st minute penalty for DC United’s goal. Otherwise, the offense was calm for one game after setting a franchise record for goals in a 7-1 rout at Toronto FC on July 3.
“We have to get smarter, we have to get a little smarter knowing that if you can score a point on the road, you take a point and also don’t give an opponent three,” said the coach. by DC United Hernan Losada. “In a tight Eastern Conference, where every point counts, we need to be more of an MLS team and less of a collegiate team. “
DC United revealed on Monday that defender Brendan Hines-Ike fractured his hip in the July 3 victory. Another backliner, Steve Birnbaum, returned from a nine-month absence due to multiple ankle surgeries to play against Philadelphia, but twisted the same ankle and will sit on Wednesday.
Additionally, top scorer Ola Kamara (five) is set to miss his second game in a row due to a family affair.
– Field level media