BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (June 2, 2018) – The Chicago Fire (5-7-2, 17 pts.) defeated the San Jose Earthquakes (2-8-3, 9 pts.) 2-1 on Saturday evening at Toyota Park.
The Fire opened scoring in the 29th minute when Johan Kappelhof collected the ball and fed it out wide to Luis Solignac on the right flank. In his first start since returning from a left quad injury, Solignac whipped in a right-footed cross to Alan Gordon at the top of the six-yard box, who rose up and snapped his header down and inside the post for his third goal in as many games.
Aleksandar Katai doubled the lead in the 49th minute. In his second consecutive professional start, Brandt Bronico slid the ball through to Katai, who was racing into the Earthquakes’ penalty area. The Serbian took a short touch forward and with a right-footed far post finish, tallied his fourth goal of the season.
The Earthquakes pulled one back in the 74th minute with a right-footed Danny Hoesen volley from close range.
The Fire next travel to face Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. CT.
Three days later the Men in Red return to MLS action when they host the New England Revolution at Toyota Park for Pride Night on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. CT (ESPN+/Univision Deportes Chicago 1200AM). Coverage begins at 7:15 p.m. CT with a live pregame show on ESPN+ presented by CIBC.
Chicago Fire 2:1 San Jose Earthquakes
June 2, 2018 – Toyota Park
CHI – Alan Gordon (Luis Solignac, Johan Kappelhof) 29’
CHI – Aleksandar Katai (Brandt Bronico) 49’
SJ – Danny Hoesen (Chris Wondolowski, Valeri Qazaishvili)74’
SJ – Fatai Alashe (caution) 45+5’
CHI – Jorge Corrales (caution) 57’
SJ – Jimmy Ockford (caution) 61’
Chicago Fire: Patrick McLain (Richard Sánchez 44'); Brandon Vincent, Johan Kappelhof, Kevin Ellis, Jorge Corrales; Brandt Bronico, Mo Adams, Luis Solignac (Diego Campos 79’), Aleksandar Katai, Bastian Schweinsteiger ©; Alan Gordon (Nemanja Nikolić 67’)
Subs not used: Jonathan Campbell; Drew Conner, Daniel Johnson, Tony Tchani
Shots: 13; Shots On-Goal: 5; Fouls: 17; Saves: 3; Offsides: 2; Corners: 2.
San Jose Earthquakes: Andrew Tarbell, Nick Lima, Shea Salinas (Fatai Alashe 14’), Yefferson Quintana (Quincy Amarikwa 83’), Jimmy Ockford, Florian Jungwirth, Valeri Qazaishvili, Christopher Wehan (Tommy Thompson 52’), Magnus Ericksson, Chris Wondolowski ©, Danny Hoesen
Subs not used: Jahmir Hyka, Francois Affolter, Matt Bersano, Jackson Yueill
Shots: 14; Shots On-Goal: 5; Fouls: 8; Saves: 2; Offsides: 2; Corners: 8.