BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Nemanja Nikolic scored twice, Bastian Schweinsteiger added a goal and the Chicago Fire beat the New England Revolution 3-0 on Saturday.
Schewinsteiger split a pair of defenders and, from just beyond the top-left corner of the 6-yard box, side-netted a low finish for Chicago (3-1-2) to open the scoring moments before halftime.
Nikolic made it 2-0 early in the second half, poking Luis Solignac's deflected entry past Cody Cropper from point-blank range, and capped the scoring in the 73rd minute. Schweinsteiger fed David Accam, streaking down the left sideline, who placed perfectly a cross to the spot where Nikolic tapped it into the net.
New England (2-3-1) played most of the match a man down after Je-Vaughn Watson was sent off in the 27th after receiving a pair of yellow cards just minutes apart. The Revolution had just four total shots and had a three-game unbeaten streak snapped.
Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.
Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.
New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.
New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.
New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.
Jay Heaps talks with Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner about the preparation and gameplan that the players bought into that gave the Revs the win.