Fire History

News and Notes from another four-goal home victory for the Fire

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bouncing back from a pair of one-goal road losses, the Chicago Fire got back to their trend of rewriting the club record books in their outings at Toyota Park Saturday night, notching a 4-1 win to complete a three-game season sweep of the New England Revolution.

Keep track with the latest milestones and achievements below:

  • The Fire are now a remarkable 10-0-1 at home in 2017 with a nine-game winning streak, a run that's tied for the second-longest home win streak in MLS history but is unmatched when confined to a single season. Per the Elias Stats Bureau, below is the complete list of teams to win nine or more games consecutively at home, none of which have come more recently than the 2002 season:
San Jose
Los Angeles
  • The Fire have now scored four goals in three consecutive home games, a first in club history. 
  • Including U.S. Open Cup, the Fire have now lost only once in their last 27 home matches. The loss came on Sept. 10, 2016 against Toronto FC, the club's next home opponent on August 19. 
  • Chicago now stands at +19 goal differential for the season, tied with Toronto FC for tops in the league. No other team in MLS has a goal differential greater than +13 (Atlanta United). At home, the Fire have outscored opponents by a count of 31-5.
  • This marks the second time in Fire history that the club has posted a 3-0-0 season record against the Revolution, doing so this year with a combined score of 9-2. The Fire also did so in 2008 (by a combined score of 9-1). Chicago has now won four straight MLS games against New England going back to last season, matching its longest all-time winning streak in the series, and leads the all-time regular season series 26-21-11.
  • Third-year Homegrown defender Patrick Doody took home Krakus Ham Man of the Match honors after matching a club record with his three assists, a single-game mark recorded only five other times in Fire history and not since Cuauhtémoc Blanco in 2008. 
  • Doody, who was making his second appearance of the season, has now recorded an assist in three consecutive games played, the first of which came in the 2015 regular-season finale against the New York Red Bulls. 
  • Playing his 70th MLS regular season match, defender Matt Polster opened the scoring with his third career goal in the game's eighth minute. 
  • In 22 games played this season, Fire outside backs Polster, Doody and Brandon Vincent have combined for two goals and 11 assists.
  • The goal conceded to New England's Kei Kamara snapped a 377-minute home shutout streak for the Fire, just 13 minutes shy of the club record established in 2001 (Elias). It also snapped a six-game goal-less streak for Kamara against the Fire. 
  • Brazilian midfielder Juninho scored his first regular season goal as a member of the Fire. It was his first goal in MLS since June 27, 2015. 
  • Michael de Leeuw notched his second goal of the season and his ninth since debuting for the Fire in July of last season. 
  • Luis Solignac was absent from the Starting XI for the first time since April 8 (17 games) but came off the bench to score his fifth goal of the year and his 10th career goal in MLS. 
  • Joao Meira -- who remains the only Fire field player to have played every minute of MLS competition this year -- picked up his second assist of 2017 on Matt Polster's opening strike. It was Meira's second straight home game with an assist. 
  • After a trip next weekend to Columbus (Aug. 12) followed by a midweek visit to Montreal (Aug. 16), the Fire will have a chance to extend their home winning streak to 10 games on August 19, when they host the team they currently trail by three points in the Supporters Shield standings, Toronto FC.