Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2021) - Chicago Fire FC (0-4-1, 1 point) fell 1-0 to D.C. United (2-3-0, 6 points) at Audi Field on Thursday night.
Despite conceding a seventh minute goal to midfielder Edison Flores, the Fire outshot (15-10) and out-possessed (57.6% - 42.4%) D.C. throughout the match. Chicago native Brian Gutiérrez came close to leveling the score for the Fire on two occasions, forcing a difficult save in the 32nd minute before hitting the post five minutes later. Additionally, the Fire nearly provided some late-game dramatics when second-half substitute Fabian Herbers flicked a header that struck the crossbar in the 92nd minute.
NEXT GAME: Chicago Fire FC will return home to face Inter Miami CF on Saturday, May 22 at Soldier Field. The match will begin at 5:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on UniMás and Twitter and locally on WOJO 105.1FM HD-3.
Tickets for the match against Inter Miami and the Club’s following home game on May 29 (CF Montreal, 12:00 p.m. CT) are currently on sale.
- Gutiérrez became the youngest Homegrown Player and the third-youngest player overall in Club history to start an MLS match for the Fire at 17 years and 331 days. “Guti” was named Man of the Match.
- Homegrown midfielder Javier Casas Jr. made his first career MLS appearance in tonight’s match, coming on for midfielder Gastón Giménez at halftime. Casas Jr. is the second-youngest Homegrown Player and fourth-youngest player overall to appear in a match for the Fire (17 years, 364 days).
- Defender Miguel Navarro started his first game of the 2021 season. Navarro has made a total of 22 appearances (11 starts) for the Fire since 2020, including two previous substitute appearances this season.
- Herbers made his first appearance of the 2021 season after missing the previous four games due to injury.
DC - Flores (1) (Pérez 1, Nyeman 1) 7’
DC - Hines-Ike (Yellow Card) 4’
CHI - Omsberg (Yellow Card) 19’
DC - Gressel (Yellow Card) 47’
CHI - Frankowski (Yellow Card) 52’
CHI - Herbers (Yellow Card) 64’
D.C. United 1:0 Chicago Fire FC
Chicago Fire FC: GK Shuttleworth, D Sekulić, D Omsberg (Herbers 60’), D Calvo ©, D Navarro (D Bornstein 81’), M Pineda, M Giménez (Casas Jr. 46’), M Frankowski, M Medrán, M Gutiérrez (Collier 60’), F Berić (Offor 78’)
Subs not used: GK G. Slonina, D Espinoza, D Kappelhof, M Stojanović
D.C. United: GK Kempin, D Alfaro, D Brillant ©, D Hines-Ike, D Najar, M Moreno, M Nyeman, M Gressel (M Arriola 75’), M Flores (F Kamara 89’), M Skundrich (M Felipe 75’), F Perez (M Asad 85’)
Subs not used: GK Seitz, M Smith, M Paredes
Stats Summary: DC / CHI
Shots: 12 / 15
Shots on Goal: 4 / 3
Passing Accuracy: 68.8% / 76.0%
Saves: 3 / 3
Corners: 6 / 4
Fouls: 19 / 16
Total passes: 346 / 466
Offsides: 3 / 1
Possession: 42.4% / 57.3%
Attendance: 3,935 (limited capacity due to COVID-19-related safety protocols)
Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Adam Wienckowski, Matthew Nelson
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly
VAR: Robert Sibiga, Craig Lowry