The game in 100 words (or less): The Chicago Fire win. The Chicago Fire win. The Chicago Fire win. After losing an astonishing 20 games in 2015, a year after drawing and even more astonishing 18 times, the Fire have their first win of the 2015-16 season. Kennedy Igboananike scored the game’s only goal, his second of the season, four minutes after the Union were reduced to 10 men. Complete list of teams currently (maybe for just a couple more hours) behind the Fire in the Eastern Conference: Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, D.C. United and Columbus Crew SC — all of whom qualified for the playoffs in 2015.
Three moments that mattered
43′ — Ilsinho channels his inner-Ronaldinho — Michael Harrington had a family and people who loved him. How could you do that, Ilsinho?
47′ — Creavalle goes through the back of Cocis, sees red — Lunging through the back of a player? No chance of getting the ball? Taking out an opponent’s planted leg? Check, check and check. See ya, Warren Creavalle!
51′ — Igboananike slots past Blake for 1-0 — Harrington sent the low cross into the box, where Kennedy Igboananike was quick with the turn and strike toward the far post. Andre Blake was rooted to the ground and could do nothing but watch his side go down 1-0.
Man of the match: Kennedy Igboananike
Goalscorers: Igboananike (51′)