BY ANTHONY ZILIS
Last week, the Fire ended a 10-game winless streak by beating Toronto FC 2-0.
This week, they showed it was no fluke, beating the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Toyota Park.
“We’ve got a lot of great players, I think we’re finally jelling as a team. It’s taken way too many ties to learn that lesson. Luckily we didn’t learn it too late,” said Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who posted his fifth clean sheet of the season.
“To be able to build on last week against Toronto, to turn around against Colorado and keep that momentum, that was huge. Granted, the Rapids were playing their fifth game in 15 days.
Still, a Fire team which hadn’t won two straight in league play since April of 2010 will take what it can get.
Dominic Oduro scored his ninth goal of the season in the 17th minute after he surged past defender Drew Moor to get on the end of a Pavel Pardo pass and beat Matt Pickens from the edge of the box. The goal was Oduro’s fourth in five games.
“Before the game (Pavel) told me, look out for me, any time I see you in space, I’m putting in a ball,” said Oduro.
The goal was Oduro’s fourth in five games, just one less than his career high for an entire season.
Cory Gibbs doubled the Fire’s total in the 35th minute, heading home a Sebastian Grazzini cross.
The Rapids finally thought they were on the board in 89th minute when Macoumba Kandji scored off of a Sanna Nyassi rebound, but Nyassi was called offside.
Colorado was riding a nine-game unbeaten streak coming into Saturday, but a midweek trip to El Salvador for a Champions League game against Real Espana may have proved too much.
“We had a long couple of weeks as a team,” midfielder Jeff Larentowicz said. “I think we were lethargic early on and they made us pay for it. When you travel here against a team that has found some form, it’s going to be difficult.”
The win puts the Fire just five points out of playoff contention with seven games left. They just hope their surge didn’t happen too late in the season.
“I knew we were going to come out and play well because of all of the work that’s been done in training this week. The guys are sharp, the mentality was good,” Fire coach Frank Klopas said. “The guys, let me tell you something, they’re not happy with where the team is at the moment. It’s just one game, the guys are not satisfied.”