C.J. Sapong, Aleksandar Katai Score to Lead Fire Past Rapids - NBC Chicago

C.J. Sapong, Aleksandar Katai Score to Lead Fire Past Rapids

Nemanja Nikolic scored the opening goal of the game for the Fire

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    Members of the Chicago Fire celebrate a goal by Nemanja Nikolic #23 against the Colorado Rapids at SeatGeek Stadium on April 20, 2019 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Fire defeated the Rapids 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    C.J. Sapong and Aleksandar Katai each scored to help the Chicago Fire beat the Colorado Rapids 4-1 on Saturday, extending Colorado's losing streak to five games.

    Dax McCarty, near midfield, first-timed an arcing pass to a charging Katai, who took a couple dribbles and then fired a low cross to Sapong for a sliding empty-net finish inside the back post from point-blank range to give the Fire (2-2-3) a 2-1 lead in the 53rd minute.

    Chicago's Nemanja Nikolic, at the top of the 6-yard box, headed home a high entry by Nicolás Gaitán to make it 1-0 in the 34th before Kei Kamara scored , for the fourth consecutive game, to tie it at 1-all in 40th minute.

    Gaitán flicked a short cross to Djordje Mihailovic, a 20-year-old homegrown, for a tap-in goal in the 61st and Katai, on the left side, cut back to evade a defender and then rifled a bending shot inside the far post from outside the area in the 81st.

    Colorado's Jack Price, after video review, was shown a red card in the 86th minute.

    The Rapids (0-6-2) are winless since beating FC Dallas 2-1 to close the 2018 MLS regular season.

    Chicago is unbeaten in four straight.

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