David Accam wasn't the answer to the Chicago Fire's offensive problems. At least not Saturday night in a 45-minute substitute appearance.
Accam played for the first time since March 11, but the Fire lost 2-0 in New England. The Ghanaian entered the match at the start of the second half in place of Gilberto, but was unable to spark the Fire's attack.
Without Accam, the Fire (1-4-4, 7 points) scored four goals in six and a half games. On Saturday, the Fire didn't manage a shot on target unless the deflected header by New England defender Andrew Farrell in added time counts.
"David recovered well," Fire coach Veljko Paunovic said in the postgame quote sheet. "Our plan today was to play some minutes, [not 45], but in the end we had to make decisions. He was very aware of his abilities and what he needed to bring to the game. He is important for us, but we need to keep working on him and be careful; after being out for two months, you need to be careful, but we expect David to be fine for the next game."
Not the result we want but so happy to be back playing after 2 months out @ChicagoFire— king David Accam (@iamdavidaccam) May 15, 2016
The loss to the Revolution (2-3-7, 13 points) could be the low point of the Fire's season so far. It is the first time the Fire have played a match that was decided by more than one goal and it marks back-to-back losses for the first time this season. In additon, New England was a team near the bottom of the standings. The Revolution had just one win in 11 matches coming in and comfortably got win No. 2 on Saturday.
With seven points from nine matches, the Fire have matched the worst start in club history. The 2013 team was 2-6-1 through nine matches.
Lee Nguyen got the scoring going with an impressive curling shot that found the upper 90 in the 22nd minute. Nguyen played a short corner and quickly received the return feed and scored off the inside of the post from a tight angle.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen put the game away in the 84th minute by heading into an open net after Juan Agudelo drew out Fire goalkeeper Matt Lampson (four saves) and crossed the ball.
From a lineup standpoint, Fire coach Veljko Paunovic made a few changes from Wednesday's match in Vancouver. Given the cross-continent travel and the short turnaround, that shouldn't be a surprise.
Khaly Thiam got the start in his Fire debut, sitting next to Matt Polster in the Fire midfield. Thiam was replaced by Razvan Cocis in the 64th minute. Gilberto returned to the starting lineup after not playing in Vancouver. Brandon Vincent, who came off the bench Wednesday in place of Michael Harrington, made his first start since March 19 against Columbus.
Kei Kamara, whose trade from Columbus was announced early on Thursday, made a start in his debut for the Revolution. He had a shot on goal and was a focal point of the attack, but didn't factor directly into either of the goals.
The Fire conclude the road trip on Wednesday when they take on the New York Red Bulls.