Nemanja Nikolic scored two goals, and Michael de Leeuw added a goal and two assists as the Chicago Fire snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory over Orlando City SC on Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.
Aleksandar Katai also scored a goal, and Djordje Mihailovic added two assists for the Fire (7-15-6, 27 points). Richard Sanchez got the shutout with two saves.
Joe Bendik had two saves for Orlando City (7-18-3, 24 points), which fell to 0-7-2 in its past nine matches and into last place in the Eastern Conference. The Lions, who have allowed a MLS-high 66 goals this season, are 2-12-0 on the road this season.
Chicago jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third minute on Nikolic’s 13th goal of the season. The Serbian midfielder redirected a crossing pass from the left side of the box by de Leeuw past Bendik to complete a scoring chance that started with a steal near midfield by Dax McCarty.
Orlando City missed a chance to tie it 13 minutes later when Dom Dwyer’s header from the center of the box off a nice cross by Mohamed El-Munir sailed just wide to the left of the net.
Katai made it 2-0 in the 28th minute after Bendik lost control of a pass on the left side of the box. Mihailovic picked up the loose ball and passed it out to de Leeuw, who then hit Katai in the middle of the box. Katai tapped it into a wide-open goal for his 10th of the season.
Chicago increased its lead to 3-0 in the 56th minute when de Leeuw, making just his second start since missing 10 months with a torn ACL, scored his first goal of the season, tapping in a pass from Mihailovic inside the far post.
Sanchez stopped Dwyer on a breakaway eight minutes later to keep his shutout.
Nikolic made it 4-0 in the 70th minute, taking a Raheem Edwards pass on a two-on-one break and beating Bendik with a left-footed shot inside the right post for his eighth goal in nine games.
—Field Level Media