BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez each scored in the opening 15 minutes and the Chicago Fire beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday for the Fire's first victory.
Chicago (1-0-1) and RSL (0-1-1) each opened the season with draws last weekend.
Nikolic started the scoring in the 11th minute. He was in an offside position but RSL's back pass found Nikolic's feet and he beat goalkeerper Nick Rimando on a one-on-one breakaway. Alvarez scored four minutes later. He dribbled in space on the right side, cut inside with three touches along the 18-yard box and rolled in a deflected shot off defender David Horst.
Rimando kept RSL in it. He barely got a hand on Nikolic's open shot in the 50th minute and in the 81st, Rimando dove to his left to punch away Juninho's free kick from just outside the area.