A late scratch to forward Patrick Nyarko due to an illness gave Joel Lindpere the start on Saturday night and he took full advantage, recording a goal and two assists before halftime en route to a 4-1 Chicago Fire victory over D.C. United at Toyota Park.
Chris Rolfe scored twice in first half, the first coming in the second minute. Rolfe send a 17-yard shot past United goalkeeper Joe Willis off a Lindpere feed to give the Fire the early 1-0 lead.
Lindpere, the Estonian midfielder, recorded a goal of his own at the 11th minute mark. Jeff Larentowicz sent a pass to a surging Lindpere to give the Fire a 2-0 lead just 11 minutes in.
Rolfe scored his second goal in stoppage time before halftime after Mike Magee chipped a ball to Lindpere, who sent a feed over the United back line to give Rolfe a one-on-one with Willis.
Early in the second half Quincy Amarikwa came in for Dilly Duka and Amarikwa quickly set up Magee to give the Fire a 4-0 lead.
Amarikwa charged up the right wing looking to score only to have Daniel Woolard take him down to give the Fire a penalty shot. Magee would then send the penalty shot to the upper left-hand corner passed a diving Willis. Magee’s was his 12th goal on the season, tying him with Vancouver Whitecaps’ Camilo Sanvezzo for the MLS Golden Boot race.
United would finally get on the board at the 59th minute mark when Luis Silva blasted a long-range shot past Fire goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.
Saturday night’s 4-1 victory also saw the return of Logan Pause at the 77th minute mark. For the first time since suffering a back injury on June 22 against Columbus, the Fire captain returned to the Fire’s 18-man active roster.
The Fire will travel to Houston to play the Dynamo next Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 8:00 p.m. CT (NBC Sports, La Ley 107.9 FM).