Kansas City, Kansas ~ Saturday night at Children’s Mercy Park, Chicago Fire FC (5-6-8, 23 points) beat Sporting Kansas City (5-10-6, 21 points) 1-0. The game-winning goal was scored by Fabian Herbers in the second half, while Chicago Fire Homegrown goaltender Chris Brady posted his third career shutout. The Fire beat Kansas City 3-2 in the first 45 minutes, and although neither team scored, the Fire had the best chance to do so. Kei Kamara had the first real chance of the game for the Fire in the eighth minute when he got a low cross from Herbers to the periphery of the penalty area but fired high.
In the 37th minute, Kamara set up Jairo Torres for another close-range chance, but goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh managed to save the effort with his left foot. Then, with a minute remaining in the first half, Brian Gutiérrez passed Torres on the right wing and cut inside the right foot. The home midfielder dribbled past the defender and fired an effort that nearly missed the far post. Chicago continued their solid first-half play and scored the first after Torres received a pass from Gutiérrez and shot on goal, forcing a poor clearance.
Herbers, a German striker, capitalized on a rebounding opportunity near the penalty spot two minutes into the second half by burying his effort into the turf and into the back of the net. Herbers now has three goals in the 2023 Major League Soccer season, including two in his last two games. With the win, head coach Frank Klopas’ team became the first to enter the second half of the season with back-to-back road wins since Aug. 6, 2022. The win was Chicago Fire’s 300th of the season. Major League Soccer regular.