Chicago fire takes devastating loss to CF Montreal
CHICAGO– The Chicago Fire fell 1-0 in a heartbreaking loss to CF Montreal, despite dominating the game throughout the 90 minutes. The loss proves that keeping possession and creating chances means nothing if the ability to finish is overlooked. Let’s take a look at the game.
Chicago fires suffer devastating loss to FC Montreal
Chicago had a lot to thank goalie Bobby Shuttleworth in the first half. In the fourth minute, center-back Wyatt Omsberg sniffed a ball played against Montreal striker Sunusi Ibrahim. Fortunately, Shuttleworth was able to beat the striker towards the ball and prevent an early concession.
In the 20th minute, Shuttleworth stopped a shot from the center of the box from Montreal striker Bjørn Johnsen. The play came after an intercepted ball in the backfield, taking Chicago’s defense off guard.
Former Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailović, who played his first game against his former team, showed what Chicago is missing. Mihailović’s passes and crosses were perfect, opening up plenty of opportunities for his team. Unfortunately for him, no one upon receiving his coins could turn them into anything.
On the offensive side of Chicago, the team just couldn’t stay in the game. Chicago forward Robert Berić single-handedly lost more chances than the rest of his team. That, the result of erroneous runs and not lazily recovering after getting too deep, would have been more upsetting if either of those chances produced goals, but it doesn’t …
… Until the second half.
Despite dominating possession on the defensive end of Montreal for most of the second half, the Fire couldn’t find the back of the net. The shots went wide or sent directly to Montreal goalkeeper Clément Diop.
At the end of the second half, the scoreless game, Montreal took advantage of what would be one of their only chances in the last 45 games. Zorhan Bassong played a cross into the box which found substitute Mason Toye, who directed him into the net in the 87th minute.
Despair for a Chicago team that otherwise dominated the second half.
Hopes were raised in the stoppage time when it emerged that center-back Wyatt Omsberg had equalized the game with a header of his own. Still, the offside curse returned to haunt Fire, as play was recalled on Chinonso Offor, whose offside position led on goal. With that, the Fire saw their hopes of wiping out a point from a game they otherwise dominated, sparkle.