Here is the postgame report to the MLS game I went to;
When asked about the rough weather here in Chicago, the Fire’s lone scorer from Saturday’s match Jonathan Campbell told the media; “We’re trying to make it almost an advantage for us; when people come in to play us, we should be used to the wind, the rain, so we’re ready.”
During Saturday’s matchup between D.C. United and the Chicago Fire, Campbell and company fought the cold and rainy conditions for 90 minutes that ended in a 1-1 tie; resulting in 1 point for each team in the Eastern Conference.
After 41 minutes of play, Johnathan Campbell of the Fire was able to find the back of the net after a beautiful set up off of a free kick from Arturo Alvarez. Just before the 41st minute of play, Alvarez sent a magnificent, curving bullet to the front of the net; perfectly placed in front of Campbell to set him up for his first ever MLS goal.
But, in the 65th minute of play, former Chicago Fire Midfielder Patrick Nyarko scored the game-tying goal in his return to Toyota Park. In the 65th minute, Chris Rolfe of the Fire decided to send in a short pass to Luciano Acosta in the hopes to set up for a better angle. Acosta receives the pass and sends in a lob over multiple Chicago defenders to an awaiting Nyarko, who finished it off by heading in the game-tying goal. “Yeah, it is kind of how soccer works, doesn’t it,” D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen said when asked about Nyarko scoring in Chicago, “you know he’s going to come back and get something…just like I am sure Pontius will get ahold of a goal against us.”
This tie gives both D.C. and Chicago 1 point in the Eastern Conference. D.C. United is now tied with Orlando City, New York City and New England with 10 points, while Chicago sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with 7 points.
Coming up for D.C. United (2-4-3, 10 points), they will have a chance to break their tie with New York City (2-4-3, 10 points), as the two clubs face off at RFK on May 8th at 6:30 CST. The Chicago Fire (1-4-2, 7 points) will be flying to Vancouver to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps (3-2-5, 11 points) at BC Place on May 11th at 9:00PM CST with the hopes of gaining some ground in the Eastern Conference.