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Chicago Fire FC falls 4-0 to Real Salt Lake at Soldier Field

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April 20, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Chicago Fire FC News Report

Chicago Fire FC on game night
Chicago Fire FC on game night
(Chicago Fire FC)

CHICAGO – Chicago Fire FC (2-4-3, 9 points) lost 4-0 to Real Salt Lake (4-2-3, 15 points) on Saturday evening at Soldier Field.

Both teams pushed forward consistently to start the match, but it was Real Salt Lake who scored first, breaking through in the 24th minute with a goal from midfielder Carlos Andres Gomez that crept past Chris Brady into the bottom right corner of the net.

Salt Lake’s second goal came in the 33rd minute after an errant pass was played into the path of RSL forward Chicho Arango, who didn’t think twice before sliding the ball into the goal. Arango scored his second goal of the evening in the 37th minute from a corner kick. Bryan Oviedo sent a curling cross to the back post for Arango to head home from close range.

Chicago looked to pull one back in the 87th minute, but striker Georgios Koutsias was deemed to be in an offside position. Real Salt Lake closed the scoring with a goal in the 90+3rd minute with a finish from Diego Luna.

NEXT MATCH: Chicago will host Atlanta United FC on Saturday, April 27 in the club’s second match of a three-match homestand. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 PM CT at Soldier Field, and the match will be broadcast globally on MLS Season Pass and broadcast locally on wlsam.com in English and WRTO 1200 AM in Spanish.

Social: Twitter – @chicagofire, @vamosfire (Hashtags: #CF97 #VamosFire) | Instagram – @chicagofire | Facebook

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Chicago’s record against Real Salt Lake now stands at 8-8-8 through 24 regular season games in the head-to-head series.

The result marked the first time Chicago has been held scoreless at Soldier Field this season.

The Fire’s home record now stands at 2-2-0 to start the 2024 season.

Midfielder Federico Navarro started his first match of the season, replacing Brian Gutiérrez who was injured during the warm-up.

Defender Carlos Terán returned to the starting lineup, replacing Tobias Salquist, who left the previous match with a head injury.

Box score:

Chicago Fire FC 0:4 Real Salt Lake

Goals:

RSL – Gomez (1) (Katranis, 2) (WATCH) 24′

RSL- Arango (7) (Crooks, 2) (WATCH) 33′

RSL – Arango (8) (Oviedo, 1) (WATCH) 37′

RSL – Luna (1) (Arango, 5) (WATCH) 90+3′

Discipline:

CHI – Acosta (yellow card) 15′

RSL – Gomez (yellow card) 31′

CHI: GK Brady, D Souquet, D Terán, D Czichos, D Arigoni, M Mueller, M Shaqiri (capt.) (Koutsias, 28′), M Navarro (Giménez, 46′, Barlow, 60′), M Herbers, M Acosta, F Cuypers

Subs not used: GK Richey, D Gutman, D Omsberg, D Pineda, D Dean

RSL: GK Beavers, D Brody, D Oviedo, D Hidalgo, D Katranis (Quinton, 74′), M Ojeda (Palacio, 73′), M Gomez (Luna, 56′), M Eneli, M Barajas (Chang, 82 )’), M Crooks (Julio, 82′), F Arango (captain)

Subs not used: GK MacMath, D Storlie, F Gozo

Summary of Statistics: CHI/RSL

Shots: 12 / 16

Shots on target: 5/7

Saves: 3/5

Passing accuracy: 85% / 89.2%

Corners: 5 / 5

Errors: 16/11

Offside: 2/0

Ownership: 49.9% / 50.1%

Attendance: 14,247

Referee: Marcos de Oliveira

Assistant referees: Jose da Silva, Adam Wienckowski

Fourth official: Calin Radosav

VAR: Joe Dickerson

Assistant VAR: Claudiu Badea

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