Major League Soccer: Cincinnati seizes a 2-1 win against Chicago Fire 2-1

CHICAGO. Cincinnati bested Chicago Fire to win 2-1. A goal from L. Acosta was decisive in the 85min.


CHICAGO. Cincinnati prevailed over Chicago Fire to win 2-1. A goal from L. Acosta was decisive in the 85min. It was Cincinnati to strike first with an own goal of R. Czichos at the 34′. Then it was a goal in the 83′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, L. Acosta gave the win to Cincinnati in the 85′ minute with a goal. Chicago Fire lost this match even if it was superior in terms of ball possession (59%).

The match was played at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago on Saturday and it started at 7:00 pm local time. The referee was Tori Penso with the assistance of Kevin Klinger and Brooke Mayo. The 4th official was Calin Radosav. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant around 22.1 degrees Celsius or 71.69 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 58%.​

Match Statistics

Chicago Fire was in firm control of the ball 59% while Cincinnati was struggling with a 41% ball possession.

Chicago Fire was more aggressive with 84 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 5 were on target. Still, Cincinnati was capable to find the solution to win this match.​

Chicago Fire shot 17 times, 5 on target, 12 off target. On the opposite side, Cincinnati shot 11 times, 5 on target, 6 off target.


No yellow cards were issued to Chicago Fire. On the other side, Cincinnati received 2 yellow cards (J. Moreno and L. Acosta).

After playing this encounter, Chicago Fire will stay with 10 points like Inter Miami to move down in the 25th place. On the opposite side, Cincinnati will have 16 points like Real Salt Lake to move up in the 11th place.

Match Events

  • 8'

    J. Moreno

  • 20'

    L. Acosta

  • 34'

    R. Czichos (OG)

  • 60'

    J. Duran

    C. Offor

  • 60'

    B. Gutierrez

    F. Herbers

  • 66'

    A. Ordonez

    D. Badji

  • 71'

    J. M. Torres Ramirez I.

    C. Mueller

  • 75'

    T. Blackett

    A. Barreal

  • 82'

    J. Espinoza

    J. Bornstein

  • 83'

    J. Duran

  • 85'

    L. Acosta

  • 88'

    H. Medunjanin

    L. Acosta

Next match

In the upcoming Major League Soccer match, Chicago Fire will play away with New York RB on the 18th of May with a 17-15 head to head stats in favor of Chicago Fire (9 draws).

Cincinnati will host New England on the 21st of May with a 3-1 head to head record in favor of New England (0 draws).

Chicago Fire: Formation and Lineups

Chicago Fire started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).

The manager Ezra Hendrickson chose to play with the following team: Gabriel Slonina (5.6), Boris Sekulić (6.7), Wyatt Omsberg (6.6), Rafael Czichos (6.3), Jonathan Bornstein (6.3), Federico Navarro (6.5), Gastón Giménez (7.3), Chris Mueller (6.1), Fabian Herbers (7.0), Nnamdi Chinonso Offor (6.9) and Xherdan Shaqiri (8.4).


Chicago Fire made 4 changes: C. Offor for J. Duran (60′), F. Herbers for B. Gutierrez (60′), C. Mueller for J. M. Torres Ramirez I. (71′) and J. Bornstein for J. Espinoza (82′).

Top player: Xherdan Shaqiri

Probably the most impressive player in Chicago Fire was Xherdan Shaqiri.

His rating is (8.4) with 39 passes (82% accurate) and 8 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 6. He performed 15 crosses.

Cincinnati: Formation and Lineups

Cincinnati started with a 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

On the opposite side, Pat Noonan played with: Roman Celentano (7.0), Alvas Powell (7.1), Nick Hagglund (7.4), Ian Murphy (6.7), John Nelson (6.5), Obinna Nwobodo (7.1), Júnior Moreno (6.5), Dominique Badji (6.7), Luciano Acosta (6.8), Álvaro Barreal (7.3) and Brandon Vazquez (6.5).


Cincinnati made 3 changes: D. Badji for A. Ordonez (66′), A. Barreal for T. Blackett (75′) and L. Acosta for H. Medunjanin (88′).

Top player: Nick Hagglund

The player who no doubt impressed Cincinnati the most was Nick Hagglund even if he didn’t score any goal.

His rating is (7.4) with 36 passes (88% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 6.

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