Old captain can't beat Metro, 2:1
April 29, 2017

New York Chicago
04.29.17 · League

The old captain returned, wearing the wrong colors and the wrong armband. The old captain displayed his feisty self, fighting opponents and not giving away an inch. The old captain helped create a goal, brilliantly slicing through defense to tie the game. But the old captain is... that, old, and Metro got the best of him and the Fire tonight, 2:1. Sorry, Dax. We still love you.

Jesse Marsch made only one change from last week, resting Aurelien Collin in favor of fellow Frenchman Damien Perrinelle. The first half was not without chances for both sides. For Metro, Kemar Lawrence got an open look in front of the net, but blasted over the bar from close range. Then, a long Sacha Kljestan shot was parried, but fell to Felipe, who sent what looked like an easy rebound wide.

On the other end, the space created by the Metro defense led to two Fire breakaways. The first ended with Luis Robles coming out to cut the angle, and eventually Connor Lade clearing the ball out of danger; the second, with the shot sailing harmlessly into Robles' chest.

Metro broke through in the 37th, when a Daniel Royer pass was broken up, but ended up back to the Austrian. He took the ball into the box and passed it off to Bradley Wright-Phillips. As usual, the Englishman did not miss.

Chicago's response came in the 59th, when McCarty, operating at the edge of the box, went through both Tyler Adams and Aaron Long, then passed it off to Nemanja Nikolic, who finished. A few minutes later, the Fire could have grabbed the lead, when Lawrence lost his man, but the close-range shot trickled just wide.

Lawrence turned goal to hero in the 71st minute after a Perrinelle pass went through a Fire defender. The Jamaican got the ball inside the box and was probably passing to BWP, but the ball avoided the striker and ended up in the far corner of the net.

So, a three game winning streak is great and all... Good luck, Dax. Metro might be winning recently, but you're still missed.

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Perrinelle, Lade, Adams, Martins, Kljestan, Royer, Muyl, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Veron, Gulbrandsen, Davis.

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