Major League Soccer
Final
Major League Soccer
Final
Elis 44’ Vera 46’
1H 2H FT
HOU 0 0 0
CHI 1 0 1
icon-goal Created with Sketch. 45’ Nikolic
53’ Bronico 67’ McCarty
HOU
Elis 44’
Vera 46’
CHI
icon-goal Created with Sketch. 45’ Nikolic
53’ Bronico
67’ McCarty

HOUSTON (AP) Nemanja Nikolic scored and Kenneth Kronholm had his second consecutive shutout to help the Chicago Fire beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 on Saturday night.

Kickoff was delayed nearly 40 minutes because of lightning in the area.

Nicolas Gaitan played a long arcing entry to Nikolic, who redirected it into the net from point-blank range to give Chicago the lead in the third minute of first-half stoppage time.

Kronholm finished with four saves. The 33-year-old, who spent the last 14 years playing professionally at various levels in Germany, signed with the Fire on May 7 and had his first MLS shutout in a 0-0 tie with D.C. United on July 27.

The Dynamo (9-11-3) have lost five of their last six games

Chicago (6-10-9) snapped a five-game winless streak dating to a 5-1 win over Atlanta United 5-1 on July 3 and got its first road win this season in 12 tries.