Nikolic sets Chicago’s goal record, Fire top Earth­quakes

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

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.

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