Fire lose big in re­turn to sea­son

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Dar­ling­ton Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes scored seven min­utes apart in the sec­ond half and the host Crew beat the Fire 3-0 on Thurs­day night in Colum­bus, Ohio.

The Crew (5-0-1) sit atop the Sup­port­ers’ Shield race with five wins in six matches, con­ced­ing just one goal. It was the first game for the Fire (1-4-1) since the MLS is Back Tour­na­ment.

Der­rick Eti­enne opened the scor­ing in the 20th minute. Mil­ton Valen­zuela ran down a long ball at the edge of the 18-yard box and cut it back to an open Eti­enne, who rolled it in­side the far post from the penalty spot. It was Eti­enne’s first goal for the Crew and his first over­all since May 4, 2019, with the New York Red Bulls.

Nagbe made it 2-0 in the 81st minute, vol­ley­ing a shot from dis­tance off the post and in. Then Zardes tapped home Pe­dro San­tos’ cross in front of the goal.

Zardes sailed a penalty-kick at­tempt in first-half stop­page time.

Red Bulls 1, NYCFC 0

Kyle Duncan scored in the 59th minute to lift the Red Bulls over NYCFC in Har­ri­son, New Jersey.

NYCFC goal­keeper Sean John­son bob­bled Duncan’s shot from dis­tance. A video re­view con­firmed the ball crossed the goal line.

The Red Bulls im­proved to 3-2-1, and NYCFC dropped to 1-5-0.

Revo­lu­tion 0, Union 0

Matt Turner made five saves for the Revo­lu­tion (1-1-4) in their score­less draw with the Union (2-1-3) in

Foxborooug­h, Mas­sachusetts.

New Eng­land had three good scor­ing chances in the open­ing 15 min­utes — with Gus­tavo Bou forc­ing a div­ing save by An­dre Blake, Cris­tian Pe­nilla hav­ing a break­away shot de­flected away and Adam Buksa hit­ting the cross­bar from close range — but lit­tle af­ter that.

EMILEE CHINN/GETTY IM­AGES

The Fire’s Djordje Mi­hailovic (left) boots the ball ahead of the Crew’s Har­ri­son Af­ful on Thurs­day night.

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