Sunday, May 15, 2022
CHICAGO (May 15, 2022) – Chicago Fire FC II earned its first regulation victory in MLS NEXT Pro play, defeating FC Cincinnati 2 by a score of 3-1. Omari Glasgow, Victor Bezerra and Alex Monis all scored a goal for the Fire, while Andrew Akindele scored the visitors’ lone goal in the 29th minute.
Omari Glasgow opened his MLS NEXT Pro scoring account in the 28th minute, after receiving the ball from Josh Penn on the left side of the box and dribbling his way past several defenders. The Guyanese forward slotted a ball through traffic, slipping it into the lower far corner. Cincinnati responded one minute later with a goal from Akindele.
Chicago earned a corner kick 11 minutes into the second half that Josh Penn lined up to take. Penn sent the ball into the top of the six-yard-box where forward Victor Bezerra rose up to meet it, sending a powerful header into the back of the net. This marked Bezerra’s third goal of the season.
With five minutes left in the match, Penn found himself in front of Cincinnati goalkeeper Beckham Sunderland, who blocked his attempt off his foot. Richard Flemining III managed a quick rebound attempt that was also blocked. That rebound fell to Alex Monis, who fired a shot into the left side of the goal.
Goalkeeper Chris Brady made six saves, including two one-v-one blocks, to keep the Fire in the game.
Chicago Fire FC II 3:1 FC Cincinnati 2
CHI – Glasgow (1) 28’
CIN – Akindele (1) (Markanich 2) 29’
CHI – V. Bezerra (3) (Penn 2) 56’
CHI – Monis (2) 85’
CHI – Fleming III (Yellow Card) 36’
CIN – Garcia (Yellow Card) 45+2’
CIN – Ruszel (Yellow Card) 55’
Chicago Fire FC: GK Brady, D Alvarado, D Burks (Quintos, 46’), D Ritaccio ©, D Baumgartner, M Flemming III, M Oregel Jr. (A. Rodríguez, 81’)., M Kidd, F Penn (Hernández, 90’), F V. Bezerra (M. Rodríguez, 62’), F Glasgow (Monis, 62’)
Subs not used: GK Mišković, D Ostrem, D Flores, F L. Bezerra
FC Cincinnati 2: GK Sunderland, D Bailey, D Thomas, D Kamdem (Flanagan, 62’), D Garcia, D Miller, M Robledo ©, Ruszel, F Markanich, Akindele, Valenzuela
Subs not used: GK Walters, D Noverr
CHI / FCC
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Passing Accuracy: 74% / 73.7%
Saves: 6 / 4
Corners: 5 / 10
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offsides: 1 / 1
Possession: 50.9% / 49.1%
Referee: Calin Radosav
Assistant Referee 1: Zach Gaidar
Assistant Referee 2: Eric Burton
Fourth Official: Dylan Seitz
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