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NYCFC falls to Chicago Fire as winless streak hits six

New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton passes

New York City FC forward Khiry Shelton passes the ball in toward goal against the Philadelphia Union in an MLS game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Credit: Steven Ryan

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill - David Accam scored an early first-half goal and the Chicago Fire beat 10-man New York City FC 1-0 on Friday night.

Chicago (3-3-0) won its third straight game, while NYCFC (1-4-3) had its winless streak reach six.

Accam capitalized on a defensive mistake in the 20th minute. NYCFC backup goalkeeper Ryan Meara came out of his area to prevent the ball from going out of bounds, but he mishandled it and Accam dribbled back to an empty net.

Accam put pressure on NYCFC's defense for most of the game. He was taken down from behind on a breakaway in the 23rd minute, which sent Andrew Jacobson off the field with a red card. He also curled a shot off the post in the first half and forced quality saves by Meara in the 63rd and 83rd minutes.

Meara started in place of Josh Saunders who was suspended one game Thursday for a high foot against Portland.

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