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There seems to be a recurring story going on with the Chicago Fire. It's called seeing ties week after week and the Fire managed to earn its third straight one with a road draw 2-2 at DC United last Saturday.
Chicago Fire All ''Tied'' Up: Three Draws, Four Games 
04/01/2014
 
Mar 29, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa (24) prepares to cross the ball against the D.C. United during the first half at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

There seems to be a recurring story going on with the Chicago Fire. It's called seeing ties week after week and the Fire managed to earn its third straight one with a road draw 2-2 at DC United last Saturday.


Chicago had its hopes of picking up its first win of the season and catching DC United off stride a bit with the lack of scoring in their first two matches.

"Amarikwa keeps showing his ability up top for the club. His efforts are showing with the way he's creating chances and finding the back of the net."

"Confident, you know, we haven't lost in two matches and I always look at the positive if I can," Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop said. "We haven't lost in three, that’s the way I look at it. We haven't won a game yet this season but again, it’s not easy to win games, especially away from home in this league so we are looking forward to playing at home next weekend and hopefully we can get that in.”

"Chicago Fire returns home to play the first of three matches this season against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday ."

Quincy Amarikwa would have liked to see the Fire pick up three points for the effort they had but they still came away with something at the end of the day.


“It’s the third straight game we got points," Amarikwa said. "I mean that’s how you got to look at it. Not dropping points, especially on the road, is huge in this league. If you look at teams that make the playoffs on a regular basis, they don’t lose, they at least get a draw or a win and you know that’s how it goes. And if we can come away with points every single time on the road, I will take them.”


Amarikwa keeps showing his ability up top for the club. His efforts are showing with the way he's creating chances and finding the back of the net.

"Chicago had its hopes of picking up its first win of the season and catching DC United off stride a bit with the lack of scoring in their first two matches."

Patrick Nyarko set up Amarikwa with the game-tying goal in the 82nd minute in some tough field conditions on a wet surface.


“You know, whenever it's raining like that it can get a little slick and hard to control the ball at times," Amarikwa said. "Pat (Nyarko) played a good ball in behind that took a touch. On a regular field that holds up. Just the elements you've got to deal with and hopefully it starts clearing up everywhere across the league.

Because everywhere we've been, the elements haven't been too kind to us.”


Jhon Kennedy Hurtado netted his first goal since May 16, 2009 on a header in the 27th minute that was off Harry Shipp's corner kick. Shipp now has had two assists off corner kicks in the last couple of matches.

"Quincy Amarikwa would have liked to see the Fire pick up three points for the effort they had but they still came away with something at the end of the day."

Chicago has some concern over its defense allowing a couple of goals. The Fire was without Lovel Palmer, who was out serving a two-game suspension and Gonzalo Segares missing from the line-up for an injury. But with the conditions that might have caused some issues defensively.


“I thought it was good, to be fair.," said Chicago Fire keeper Sean Johnson, who made 6 saves. I thought it was just a bit unfortunate. The second goal there was a bit of pinball action around. They got good forcing and I thought we had some similar situations where we had the ball in their box and things didn't really fall our way, but that’s just the way it goes, that’s soccer for you."


"I think we've done well and at the end of the day we've got to look at it. We got a point. We came in and I think we deserved three. We played well enough to get three, but it is just up to us to really push over that hump and turn the ties into wins.”


Chicago Fire returns home to play the first of three matches this season against the Philadelphia Union Saturday 4 p.m. (CDT) at Toyota Park.

 
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