The game in 100 words (or less): David Accam’s third goal of the season gave Chicago hope against Ben Olsen’s United, but DC’s Jairo Arrieta made sure table order was restored with a pair of his own goals. He first headed home a Fabian Espindola offering before playing the role of “Jairo on the spot” when a mistimed tackle pushed a ball onto his path in the center of the box. Andrew Dykstra stopped a PK and later teamed with Conor Doyle for a doorstep denial of Chicago. With the win, DC moves seven points ahead of No. 2 New England in the East, while Chicago fails in a bid to move fourth.
Three moments that mattered
27′ — Dykstra pushes Larentowicz PK onto post — Drinks on Steve Birnbaum, as the young USMNT back’s wayward arm granted a chance from the spot to Jeff Larentowicz. But Big Red’s languid run-up got very little power on his low shot. Dykstra guessed correctly and pushed the ball off the post.
28′ — Accam flashes into the box to give Fire a 1-0 lead — It would only be a temporary reprieve, as the 24-year-old Ghanaian darted past Kofi Opare to push Quincy Amarikwa’s cross past Dykstra. Harrison Shipp helped start the play, and DC United’s back line was a group of passengers as the home team went down.
61′ — Arrieta nods home an equalizer— Jairo Arrieta rose above a pair of Fire defenders to net his fourth goal of the season. Fabian Espindola’s corner kick went dead center, and it was 1-1 with about a half-hour to play in DC.
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Man of the match: Fabian Espindola, DC United — He’s the machine that drives DC, and he set up a pair of goals on the night. First it was Arrieta’s headed equalizer. Later, it was Markus Halsti’s awkward, two-footed insurance goal.
DC United: Dykstra; Franklin, Boswell, Opare, Birnbaum, Aguilar (Espindola, 46′), Halsti, Kitchen, DeLeon (Coria, 85′), Doyle, Arrieta (Arnaud, 73′)
Goal: Arrieta 2 (61′, 69′), Doyle (75′)
Chicago Fire: Busch; Palmer, Larentowicz, Gehrig, Jones, Polster, Watson (Igboananike, 70′), Accam (Do Prado, 77′), Stephens (Cocis, 62′), Amarikwa, Shipp.
Goal: Accam (28′)