Santiago Rodriguez had a goal and an assist and Gabriel Pereira also scored to lift New York City FC to a 2-0 victory over Chicago Fire FC on Sunday in Bridgeview, Illinois.
Malte Amundsen netted an assist for NYCFC (13-7-6, 45 points), which ended a three-game losing streak where they allowed three goals in each game.
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Sean Johnson didn’t make an official save en route to recording his 13th MLS-leading shutout of the season. It was the 89th of his career and he posted 36 of those shutouts while playing for Chicago from 2009 to 2016.
Rodriguez’s big day was ruined after he received a yellow card in the 72nd minute. He will miss NYCFC’s game against host Orlando City SC next Sunday due to a card build-up.
Gabriel Slonina finished with three saves for the Fire (8-12-6, 30 points), which lost two in a row after a 4-0-1 streak.
NYCFC opened the scoring in the 16th minute after an unmarked Pereira slipped into a clear area just outside the box. Rodriguez alerted Pereira, who fired a right-footed shot past a diving Slonina for his sixth goal of the season and his second in his last four matches.
The game took a scary turn in the 24th minute after Chicago’s Kacper Przybylko suffered a laceration to the side of his head from a collision with Amundsen.
Przybylko remained on the pitch for several minutes while receiving medical treatment. He briefly left the pitch before returning to action in the 31st minute.
NYCFC forced a turnover in their attacking side after applying heavy pressure on the ball. Pereira stripped Rafael Czichos of the ball near the top of the box, and Rodriguez provided the right finish from close range in the 46th minute for his third goal of the season.
Sunday’s game was moved to SeatGeek Stadium due to poor field conditions caused by the busy schedule at Soldier Field in Chicago.