The goals came early and fast at Toyota Park on Thursday night, as the Chicago Fire powered past FC Dallas. 2-1.
Nemanja Nikolic and David Accam found the back of the net for the victorious Fire, who have won their last four games and are unbeaten in five contests.
MLS Golden Boot leader Nikolic opened the scoring with his 11th tally of the campaign from close range in the third minute. The Serbian forward got a perfect touch on a Brandon Vincent cross and placed the ball past a diving Chris Seitz into the bottom-right corner of the net.
Nikolic has scored in five of the last six games, and with three two-goal performances mixed into his incredible run of form.
FC Dallas countered fast in the sixth minute after a farcical lapse in defending from the Fire center backs. After Joao Meira and Johan Kappelhof both failed to clear the ball out of the box, Roland Lamah swooped in at the right post and tapped the ball past Matt Lampson.
However, the game was only tied for three minutes as Accam broke through on the left wing to score the second for the Fire which turned out to be the game-winner. The winger moved into fifth place in the Golden Boot standings with a shot that flew through the legs of Walker Hume and past Seitz.
After the wild opening nine minutes, neither team strung together a consistent amount of chances in front of the net, but the Fire did have a chance to score a third in the waning stages of the contest on a penalty.Following a Victor Ulloa foul in the penalty area, Nikolic stepped up to the spot in search of another two-goal performance, but he was denied at the right post by a diving Seitz.
FC Dallas will jump right back into action on Sunday in the Texas derby against the Houston Dynamo, while the Fire have off until June 4, when they will square off with Orlando City.
Man of the Match
The midfield duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty continued to perform well as they silenced the playmakers in the FC Dallas attack and held them to a single shot on target.
Moment of the Match
David Accam’s burst down the left and shot through the legs of Hume sealed the victory for the Fire in the ninth minute.
Match to Forget
Walker Hume was beaten to the ball on the opener netted by Nikolic and then he failed to stop Accam’s shot as it flew between his legs on its way past Seitz.