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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • C.J. Sapong (7', 29')
  • Przemyslaw Frankowski (16')
  • Nemanja Nikolic (39')

Sapong scores twice as Fire rout FC Dallas

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Chicago cruise past hapless Dallas (1:58)

C.J. Sapong scored a brace as the Chicago Fire gave FC Dallas a day to forget with a 4-0 drubbing. To watch MLS sign up to ESPN+. (1:58)

C.J. Sapong scored two of Chicago's four first-half goals as the Fire capped an eventful week with a resounding 4-0 home victory over FC Dallas on Saturday in Bridgeview.

Przemyslaw Frankowski had a goal and an assist, and Nemanja Nikolic scored his 12th goal of the season for Chicago, who has totaled nine goals while winning three straight at home -- where it's in a 3-0-2 stretch.

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However, the Fire have just one more regular-season match at their suburban home before playing the 2020 season on Chicago's lakefront at Soldier Field. Desperately trying to find a way into playoff position in the Eastern Conference, the Fire also announced this week that longtime owner Andrew Hauptman sold his controlling interest in the club to minority owner and billionaire Joe Mansueto.

For FC Dallas, who entered just above the playoff line in the West, this could potentially be a devastating defeat in the long run. FCD allowed its most goals of the season while managing just four shots on target after totaling 11 goals while going 2-0-1 in their previous three contests.

It was trouble from the beginning for Dallas after some miscommunication between goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and defender Matt Hedges, who never challenged a streaking Sapong. The Chicago striker needed only a small move on Gonzalez, then slipped the ball into an open net in the seventh minute.

The hosts increased their advantage in the 16th minute. This time, Frankowski got behind FCD defender Ryan Hollingshead at the far post and drilled home Brandt Bronico's cross to make to 2-0. Sapong wasn't done, as he out-jumped the pack for a Nico Gaitan corner and headed it by Gonzalez in the 29th minute.

A pretty pass from Frankowski in the box for Nikolic to convert in front of an unprepared Gonzalez in the 39th minute made it 4-0.

Although Dallas pressed and got some quality looks early in the second half, Chicago still played aggressively out of the break. On three occasions, the Fire hit the post in trying to pad their lead further.

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 LAFC 34 +48 72
2 Seattle Sounders FC 34 +3 56
3 Real Salt Lake 34 +5 53
4 Minnesota United FC 34 +9 53
5 LA Galaxy 34 -1 51
6 Portland Timbers 34 +3 49
7 FC Dallas 34 +8 48
8 San Jose Earthquakes 34 -3 44
9 Colorado Rapids 34 -5 42
10 Houston Dynamo 34 -10 40
11 Sporting Kansas City 34 -18 38
12 Vancouver Whitecaps 34 -22 34

Major League Soccer Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 New York City FC 34 +21 64
2 Atlanta United FC 34 +15 58
3 Philadelphia Union 34 +8 55
4 Toronto FC 34 +5 50
5 DC United 34 +4 50
6 New York Red Bulls 34 +2 48
7 New England Revolution 34 -7 45
8 Chicago Fire 34 +8 42
9 Montreal Impact 34 -13 41
10 Columbus Crew SC 34 -8 38
11 Orlando City SC 34 -8 37
12 FC Cincinnati 34 -44 24