Fire Tops D.C. United 3-0
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sergi Daniv, Peter Nowak, and Ante Razov scored goals as the Chicago Fire beat D.C. United 3-0 Saturday.
Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton was challenged throughout the game, but stopped seven shots for the shutout. It was the fourth time this season D.C. (2-5) has been held scoreless.
Chicago (3-2-1) got on the board first in the 26th minute on Daniv’s first goal of the season.
The play started when Thornton’s goalkick was advanced at midfield with a header by Kelly Gray, and then another header by Razov to a streaking Daniv on the right side. All alone inside the box, Daniv finished the quick assault by slipping the ball easily past diving United goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Nowak scored in the 55th minute to make it 2-0. The Fire captain dribbled uncontested from just beyond midfield and fired a left-footed shot from 25 yards out that tucked just inside the right corner of the United net.
Razov put the finishing touches on the victory with a penalty kick goal in the 59th minute. United midfielder Lazo Alavanja was called for a hands ball just inside the box, setting up the penalty kick.
Both teams were short-handed by U.S. national team callups, injuries and suspensions.
D.C. fielded an inexperienced lineup with the absence of national team defenseman Eddie Pope and suspended veterans Marco Etcheverry and Ivan McKinley.
Chicago lost little momentum despite playing without national players Josh Wolff, DeMarcus Beasley and Chris Armas. Forward Dema Kovalenko also was out after injuring his right hamstring during the week.