Fire lose big in return to season
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
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.
The Fire’s Djordje Mihailovic (left) boots the ball ahead of the Crew’s Harrison Afful on Thursday night.