Metro blacked out by Chicago, 2:1
April 21, 2018

New York Chicago
Wright-Phillips Katai
04.21.18 · League

Metro doesn't often lose at home (except in the playoffs). In the regular season, Red Bull Arena has been turned into a fortress. Alas, today was the rare exception, as Chicago scored on their only two real chances, beating the hosts 2:1. Metro was wearing the all-black recycled jerseys as part of MLS's Earth Day efforts.

Jesse Marsch elected to make one change from last week, inserting Marc Rzatkowski for Sean Davis. Makes sense, considering how well the last game went.

This game was far from that; Chicago was happy to play bunker ball, and capitalize when they could. They did so on the half hour, off a corner kick. After a poor Metro clearance, Aleksandar Katai took the ball out of mid-air and blasted a rocket from just outside the box and past Luis Robles.

In the 69th minute, a costly mistake by Aaron Long left Katai on a breakaway with Robles. The Metro goalkeeper fouled in the box, and was lucky to get away with just a yellow. Nemanja Nikolic made it 2:0 from the spot. The two goals marked two of the four shots Chicago had all day.

Daniel Royer, who has been snake-bitten in league play, had chances to score, hitting the woodwork after brilliantly squeezing himself into the box. Soon after the penalty, he looked to have brought Metro closer, but Derrick Etienne was incorrectly judged to be offside when he received the goal-creating pass.

Metro crept in within one in the 81st, when a corner kick was saved off the line, but landed right at Bradley Wright-Phillips. The record-setter did well to redirect it into the net, but it was too little, too late.

Metro doesn't often beat the bunker (in any competition)...

Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Parker, Murillo, Adams, Rzatkowski, Valot, Royer, Romero Gamarra, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Davis, Etienne, Bezecourt.

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