On Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Fire were able to get a decent result on the road against the New England Revolution. Here are three things we learned from the 1-1 draw.
The Chicago Fire got their first point of the 2020 season on Saturday afternoon as they drew 1-1 with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The Revs opened the scoring on the hour mark when Adam Buksa got on the end of a cross before turning in the area and picking out the bottom corner with a superb finish.
New England had a few chances to double their advantage but couldn’t find the back of the net, and were left to rue those misses when Chicago equalized in the 70th minute. Djordje Mihailovic got free on the wing and whipped a beautiful cross into the area which Jonathan Bornstein headed home from close range.
Here are three things we learned from the 1-1 draw.
3. A rough start
After a really strong performance last week against the Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire supporters were excited to see what the team could do against one of their biggest rivals in Week 2. However, even the most pessimistic supporter would have been disappointed with how they started this game.
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Chicago were unable to keep hold of the ball early on. Their passes were frequently misplaced and players struggled to find space in the midfield. This led to the away side hitting aimless long balls at the New England defense, who had no issues dealing with them. The Fire deservedly went down a goal and things looked bleak going into the halftime break.
There were not any individuals to blame here. It was simply a slow start all around. Alvaro Medran and Mauricio Pineda held on to the ball for too long, the backline crumbled under pressure, and the entire team looked extremely slow out of the blocks. Chicago were able to fix things as the game progressed, but they cannot afford to start future games on the back foot if they want to be considered a genuine threat in the Eastern Conference.