Nikolic sets Chicago’s goal record, Fire top Earthquakes
SAN JOSE (AP) — Nemanja Nikolic scored twice in the second half to break Chicago’s season goal record with 20 and the Fire beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Chicago (15-10-6) clinched a playoff spot with the victory and Montreal’s loss to New York City. San Jose (11-146) lost for the first time at home in eight matches.
Nikolic made it 3-0 in the third minute of the second half to break a tie with Ante Razov for Chicago’s goal record. Nikolic added another in the 65th by heading in a ball that deflected off the crossbar.
Nikolic is tied atop the Golden Boot race with Portland’s Diego Valeri.
Eighteen-year-old Djordje Mihailovic opened the scoring in the 14th minute with his first MLS goal. In the 40th, Michael de Leeuw volleyed a cross in front of the goal and Luis Solignac headed it home for his seventh goal of the season.