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Fire draw 2-2 with Revolution in return to Soldier Field

Robert Berić had a goal and an assist, and the Chicago Fire tied the New England Revolution 2-2 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

It was the Fire’s first time playing at Soldier Field in more than 15 years.

Berić opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Luka Stojanovic sent a diagonal pass ahead to Boris Sekulic who squared it to Berić. Six minutes later, Berić fed it back across to Luka Stojanovic, who punched it home to give the Fire a 2-0 lead.

Chicago Fire defender Francisco Calvo (5) hugs forward Robert Beric (27) in celebration of Beric's goal against the New England Revolution during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

The Revs cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 14th minute when Adam Buksa headed in Carles Gil’s corner, and tied it on Gustavo Bou’s finish off a Tajon Buchanan pass in the 27th minute.

The Fire’s Przemyslaw Frankowski earned a free kick from just outside the box in the second minute of second-half stoppage time, but Gastón Giménez’s attempt to go direct over the wall lacked the pace to get past goalkeeper Matt Turner. The Revs' DeJuan Jones was shown a red card for the foul.

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The Chicago Fire celebrate a goal by midfielder Luka Stojanovic (8) against the New England Revolution during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

Chicago Fire midfielder Luka Stojanovic (8) and New England Revolution defender Matt Polster (8) battle for control of the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell (2) flips back to kick the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match against the Chicago Fire in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

New England Revolution forward Gustavo Bou (7), right, celebrates his goal against the Chicago Fire during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

New England Revolution forward Tajon Buchanan (17) works for control of the ball against Chicago Fire defender Jonathan Bornstein (3) during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)

New England Revolution midfielder Brandon Bye (15) and Chicago Fire defender Jonathan Bornstein (3) work for control of the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Chicago, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP PhotoMark Black)