BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — 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 New England 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 — without a win.
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.
Brandt Bronico scored on a curling shot in the 78th, and Gaitan and Przemyslaw Frankowski scored on breakaways four minutes apart.