The Fire were dominant from the start, with John McCarthy saving a close range shot from Alvaro Medran in the fifth minute. The hosts maintained that momentum throughout the half, though lacked quality opportunities. Still, they fared better than Miami, who managed only one shot in the first half. In the 39th minute, the Higuain brothers combined for the opportunity, with Gonzalo Higuain passing the ball to Federico Higuain in the box, who then sent the ball wide of the net.
The Fire started to get more clinical in the second half, with Robert Beric forcing McCarthy into a save in the 51st minute. The hosts continued to have the upper-hand, eventually recording 10 shots in the second half.
The reward for their attempts eventually came in the 69th minute, with the breakthrough from substitute Luka Stojanovic. The midfielder scored straight from a free-kick yards just outside the penalty area, with Miami goalkeeper McCarthy surely disappointed that he could do no more that parry the ball in the net despite getting in position to make the save. Still the goal ended a three match run in which the Fire had not scored.
Miami attempted a response seven minutes later with a shot from from Julian Carranza that was wide of the target, but the Fire maintained the momentum they started the match with. The Fire were able to close out the match as a result, successfully shutting out Miami for 90 minutes.
- THE BIG PICTURE: The Fire finally ended their winless run with a dominant performance that improved in the second half. Chicago will be hoping that a first win of the year can act as a true kick start to their season. Meanwhile, Miami's inconsistent start to the season goes on after a performance in which they managed just one shot on target.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The Fire's almost 400 minute streak without scoring a goal ended when substitute Luka Stojanovic scored directly from a free-kick with a helping hand from John McCarthy
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Przemyslaw Frankowski was a big part of the Fire's performance marked by a dominance in attack, taking three shots during an active 90 minutes.
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