VANCOUVER (May 11, 2016) – The Chicago Fire (1-3-4, seven points) fell 2-1 to the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-5-2, 17 points) on Wednesday evening at BC Place.
The Whitecaps got on the board first in the 36th minute when Blas Perez tapped in his right-footed shot from close range for the lead.
Kennedy Igboananike drew the Fire level in the 61st minute. Homegrown rookie forward Joey Calistri collected a pass from Razvan Cocis and played it back to Arturo Alvarez. The Salvadoran international found Igboananike out on the right flank just outside the 18-yard box. With a series of stepovers, the Nigerian striker evaded his defender and tucked his left-footed shot just inside the post for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
Igboananike nearly took the lead in the 81st minute but his left footed shot from a sharp angle clanged off the post.
The home side took the full three points in the 89th minute when Perez completed his brace with a bicycle kick from the center of the box.
Goalkeeper Matt Lampson recorded a career high nine saves in the match for the Fire, while Chicago rookie Joey Calistri became the fourth Fire Homegrown signing to start a match for the club with his first career appearance in the Starting XI.
With the quick turnaround the Men in Red will swap coasts to take on the New England Revolution (1-3-7, 10 points) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. CT (CSN/97.5 FM Poder).
MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire (1-3-4, 7 points) 1:2 Vancouver Whitecaps (5-5-2, 17 points)
May 11, 2016 – BC Place – Vancouver, B.C.
VAN – Blas Perez (Christian Bolanos, Pedro Morales) 36’
CHI – Kennedy Igboananike (Arturo Alvarez, Joey Calistri) 62’
VAN – Blas Perez (Kekuta Manneh) 88’
VAN – Kendall Waston (caution) 82’
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Rodrigo Ramos, Johan Kappelhof, Jonathan Campbell, Michael Harrington (Brandon Vincent 63’); Arturo Alvarez (Collin Fernandez 85’), Razvan Cocis ©, Michael Stephens (Matt Polster 46’), Joao Meira; Kennedy Igboananike, Joey Calistri
Subs not used: Sean Johnson; Nick LaBrocca, Eric Gehrig, Gilberto
Shots: 12; Shots On Goal: 3; Saves: 9; Fouls: 6; Corners: 3; Offsides: 1
Vancouver Whitecaps: David Ousted, Jordan Harvey, Tim Parker, Kendall Waston, Fraser Aird, Matias Laba, Cristian Techera (Erik Hurtado 84’), Nicolas Mezquida (Kekuta Manneh 66’), Pedro Morales ©, Christian Bolanos, Masato Kudo (Blas Perez 19’)
Subs not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Pa Modou Kah, Andrew Jacobson, Russell Teibert
Shots: 17; Shots On Goal: 12; Saves: 2; Fouls: 16; Corners: 6; Offsides: 0