The Chicago Fire have taken the monkey off their back, as they finally have their first road win of the season.
A second-half goal from David Accam gave the Fire a 1-0 triumph over D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Accam scored the decisive tally in the 52nd minute, getting in behind D.C.'s back line and placing a shot past Bill Hamid.
D.C. United struggled to muster up much of a response and were largely toothless throughout, finishing the Eastern Conference affair with just two shots on target en route to their third straight loss.
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- VICTORIOUS VISITORS: The Chicago Fire combined a counterattack goal and solid defending to pick up their first road win in six attempts this year. Chicago were the better side over the course of the 90 minutes, creating almost all the game's most dangerous scoring chances. A lack of sharpness and accuracy on some opportunities prevented the Fire from winning by more, but they will nonetheless take confidence from finally triumphing away from the friendly confines of Toyota Park.
- BROKEN RECORD: It was the same song and dance for D.C. United, who failed to be overly threatening in the match. The club put just two shots on frame on the day, but none really tested Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson and the Chicago defense. D.C. have now been shutout in three straight games and have failed to score in seven of their 11 fixtures to date. Clearly, something needs to change.
- AT IT AGAIN: On a day when the red-hot Nemanja Nikolic lacked his lethal touch on various chances, David Accam came through for the Fire. He tested D.C.'s defense with his speed repeatedly, and found the breakthrough in the 52nd minute when he beat an offside trap by an inch to race in on goal without trouble. Nikolic has been getting lots of attention as of late because of his goal-scoring prowess, but Accam is doing a good job of serving as a complementary piece, recording six goals and delivering four assists in 12 appearances this year.