Published on April 3rd, 2017 | by Ryan Voyles0
Fire uses hot start, hot finish to earn 2-2 draw with Impact
(Editor’s note) With the birth of a wee baby and other events this weekend, this recap will be just a quick recap with some thoughts thrown in. We shall return to our regularly scheduled pieces next week.
So the Chicago Fire came home with a whole lot of hoopla and national attention around them this week, and ended up with a 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact. The main event, of course, was the debut of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who surprisingly played a full 90 minutes just days after joining the team. His debut had a fairytale start, as the German found himself on the receiving end of a nice volley from David Accam and headed the ball into goal to put the Fire up 1-0 in the 17th minute.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 1, 2017
The Impact would level things in the 61st minute when Matteo Mancosu found himself on the right side of a volley and headed the ball past Jorge Bava. Things kept going down for the Fire, as Juninho got his second yellow card of the match for a phantom foul in the 71st minute and was sent off. Things leveled up at 10 players when Montreal’s Victor Cabrera was shown red after taking down Luis Solignac as the latter was racing down a perfectly placed pass near goal by Schweinsteiger.
The match ended with two late goals, as Montreal nearly broke the hearts of the recently invigorated Fire fan base when Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla put a shot on goal outside the box somehow got past Bava in the 90th minute. But two minutes later, Solignac saved a point at home after taking a pass off his chest and striking the ball outside the box and into net.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 2, 2017
Getting just one point at home sucks, especially when it was against a weakened Montreal side missing playmakers like Piatti. The Fire cannot throw away points like this if they have any hope to challenge for a playoff spot. And, as unfortunate as it is to pick on them, the reason Montreal was able to nearly steal three points was after a combination misplay between Michael Harrington and Bava, who both remain weak points on the young season.
But we’re pretty chill here, so we’ll end on a high note: Schweini looked very much like a player who can really make an impact for this club. His awareness and passing acumen was on point for most of the game, and he showed flashes of being the offensive sparkplug that has been lacking so far this season. The chemistry between himself, Dax McCarty and Juninho still looks like it’ll need some time to develop, but there is reason for optimism going forward.