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2019 Major League Soccer, Regular Season
  • Nemanja Nikolic (34')
  • C.J. Sapong (53')
  • Djordje Mihailovic (61')
  • Aleksandar Katai (80')
  • Kei Kamara (40')
  • Jack Price (88')

Chicago Fire dominate second half to thrash Colorado Rapids

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Fire extend Rapids' losing streak to 5 (2:14)

Four different Chicago Fire players made it on the scoresheet in a comfortable victory over the struggling Colorado Rapids. (2:14)

C.J. Sapong scored the go-ahead goal in the 53rd minute as the host Chicago Fire tallied three times in the second half to post a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday afternoon in Bridgeview, Ill.

Nemanja Nikolic scored in his third straight match, Aleksandar Katai collected a goal and an assist and Djordje Mihailovic also tallied for the Fire (2-2-3).

Nicolas Gaitan notched a pair of assists and David Ousted finished with one save as Chicago improved to 2-0-2 in its last four matches overall and 17-4-2 at home against Colorado.

Kei Kamara scored in his fourth consecutive contest and veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard made one save for the Rapids (0-6-2), who have lost five straight matches.

Colorado defender Tommy Smith was unsuccessful in his gamble for the ball, allowing Katai to race in from the right wing before approaching the goal. Katai then sent a centering feed to a sliding Sapong, who redirected the ball into the net to give the Fire a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.

Mihailovic doubled the advantage eight minutes later after cleaning up Gaitan's off-balance bid for his first goal of the season. The touch was the last of the day for Mihailovic, who exited in the 62nd minute in favor of Mohammed Adams.

Katai capped the scoring in the 80th minute with a blast from well outside the box for his first goal of the season.

After converting a penalty kick to help Chicago record a 1-1 draw versus Vancouver last Saturday, Nikolic opened the scoring in the 34th minute by heading home a brilliant bending cross from Gaitan.

Kamara answered six minutes later, heading home a corner kick to forge a 1-1 tie with his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

Katai had a pair of chances in a short sequence to open the scoring, but his initial left-footed shot from in close was blocked in the 26th minute before his follow-up bid caromed off the crossbar.

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