CHICAGO – While draws have been common for the Chicago Fire this season, wins have been few and far between.
After ending a 10-game winless streak, Chicago tries for another rare victory when it hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
The Fire (3-7-15) set an MLS record for ties last Thursday, then defeated Toronto FC 2-0 on Sunday - their first win since beating Columbus 1-0 on June 12. They had gone 0-3-7 since then.
"I think the win is good for team morale," goalkeeper Sean Johnson told the Fire's official website. "We've been teetering on that line having so many ties, so I think it's good to come out and get a victory (Sunday) for everyone's confidence going into next weekend.
"We've got to get on a roll here and make a push for the playoffs ... We will enjoy the win and take the good and the bad from it, and then move on next Saturday to Colorado keeping it going."
Dominic Oduro and Dan Gargan scored for the Fire, who are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
While Chicago has gone 3-0-2 all-time against Colorado (10-6-11) at Toyota Park, the club will likely face a stiff challenge from a Rapids team that's 4-0-2 in its last six.
Colorado allowed a goal in the 86th minute and settled for a 2-all draw with Chivas USA last Saturday. The Rapids scored first in a match for the 16th time this season, but they have failed to come away with a win in eight of those contests - second most in the league in those situations.
"It's been our Achilles' heel," midfielder Pablo Mastroeni told the Rapids' official website. "We have to do better at making decisions and communicating better throughout the team during the game to try and keep the lead, and that starts with me. This feels like a four- or five-nil loss."
Midfielder Sanna Nyassi has recorded four goals and two assists during the unbeaten run, while forward Omar Cummings has one goal and four assists in that stretch.
Slowing down the highly regarded tandem will be crucial if the Fire hope to post back-to-back wins for the first time since April 17-24, 2010.
"They're two players - especially Nyassi - that are in great form and scoring a lot of goals," Fire captain Logan Pause said. "They're just so dynamic and such a threat with their speed. They're definitely two guys we're highlighting and want to keep our eyes on."
The Rapids, fourth in the West, haven't won at Chicago since Aug. 14, 2004 at Soldier Field.