BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (Aug. 26, 2017) – The Chicago Fire fell 2-1 against Minnesota United FC on Saturday at Toyota Park.
The Fire (12-9-6, 41 pts.) out-shot Minnesota (7-14-4, 25 points) 20-8, and held 57-percent of the possession. Chicago rallied with a goal in the 77th minute, but it was the visiting side who came away with the result thanks to a pair of counter-attacking goals in the first half.
Abu Danladi scored both goals for Minnesota. The first came in the 36th minute with service provided by Ethan Finlay. Finlay sent an initial cross toward Danladi that Fire center back Johan Kappelhof blocked, but the deflection landed back in the path of Finlay to keep the play alive. Danladi received a pass on the doorstep, and tapped in his first goal of the night.
Danladi’s second goal came just before the halftime whistle. This time it was right back Jerome Thiesson sending the cross, and Danladi closed the sequence with another one-touch finish from close range.
David Accam broke through for the Fire in the 77th minute. Bastian Schweinsteiger played the speedy winger into space on the left, and Accam took care of the rest with a shot tucked just inside the far post.
The Men in Red return to action against the Montreal Impact (10-8-6, 36 pts.) on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Stade Saputo. Kickoff is 6 p.m. CT on CSN Chicago Plus and Univision Chicago 1200AM.
MLS Regular Season
Chicago Fire (12-9-6, 41 pts.) 1:2 Minnesota United FC (7-14-4, 25 points)
Aug. 26, 2017 – Toyota Park
MIN – Abu Danladi (Ethan Finlay) 36’
MIN – Abu Danladi (Jerome Thiessen) 45’
CHI – David Accam (Bastian Schweinsteiger) 77’
CHI – Dax McCarty (caution) 69’
MIN – Abu Danladi (caution) 78’
CHI – Bastian Schweinsteiger (caution) 84’
Chicago Fire: Matt Lampson; Drew Conner, Johan Kappelhof, Christian Dean (Jonathan Campbell HT), Patrick Doody; Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dax McCarty ©, Djordje Mihailovic (Michael de Leeuw HT); Luis Solignac (Arturo Alvarez 73’), Nemanja Nikolic, David Accam.
Subs not used: Stefan Cleveland, Michael Harrington, Juninho, David Arshakyan.
Shots: 20; Shots On-Goal: 4; Saves: 0; Fouls: 15; Corners: 5; Offsides: 2
Minnesota United FC: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jerome Thiesson, Michael Boxall, Brent Kallman, Francisco Calvo ©; Sam Cronin (Collen Warner 34’), Ibson; Ethan Finlay, Kevin Molino (Jermaine Taylor 87’), Sam Nicholson (Miguel Ibarra 76’); Abu Danladi.
Subs not used: Patrick McLain, Collin Martin, Ismaila Jome, Brandon Allen.
Shots: 8; Shots On-Goal: 2; Saves: 3; Fouls: 7; Corners: 4; Offsides: 2