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MLS | Fire 5, Revolution 0

Revolution get routed in Chicago by Fire

Coach Brad Friedel’s team is now 2-8-2.
Coach Brad Friedel’s team is now 2-8-2.(AP file)

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Nemanja Nikolic had two goals in the first half and the Chicago Fire scored three goals in a late 11-minute span to rout the Revolution, 5-0, on Wednesday night.

Chicago (3-4-4) hadn’t scored since a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on April 20. New England (2-8-2), which was coming off a 6-1 loss at Philadelphia, has allowed 18 goals in its last four games (0-3-1).

Chicago ended a 300-plus-minute scoreless stretch midway through the first half when Nikolic headed home Nicolas Gaitan’s free kick at the back post for his fourth goal of the season.

Nikolic made it 2-0 in the 40th with another header for the Fire’s first goal off a corner kick this season.

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Brandt Bronico scored on a curling shot in the 78th, and Gaitan and Przemyslaw Frankowski scored on breakaways four minutes apart.