Ignacio Aliseda scored his first two goals of the season and also had an assist to lead the Chicago Fire to a dominating 3-0 victory over visiting Atlanta United on Saturday night.
Przemyslaw Frankowski also scored his first goal of the season for Chicago. Bobby Shuttleworth was called on to make just two saves while recording his second clean sheet of the season and 47th of his career.
The Fire have scored six goals in the past two matches after being blanked in six of their previous seven games. Chicago entered the match with a league-low seven goals.
Atlanta United struggled without star striker Josef Martinez, who sat out the contest due to fitness issues. Martinez missed the previous three games while playing for the Venezuelan national team.
Atlanta United was out-shot 14-12 while falling to 0-2-4 over their past six matches. The Five Stripes have been blanked in three straight games.
Chicago placed four shots on goals to Atlanta's two.
Aliseda's first goal occurred in the 34th minute.
It was set up by some stellar dribbling by Alvaro Medran, who fed a pass to Aliseda. The right-footed shot by Aliseda deflected off the leg of sliding Mo Adams of the Five Stripes and hit the crossbar before falling into the goal.
It looked like the half would end with the Fire leading 1-0 but Atlanta's Anton Walkes made a lazy pass in the sixth and final minute of first-half stoppage time. Miguel Angel Navarro collected the ball and passed it to Aliseda, who drilled a shot past Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan into the right corner of the goal.
Chicago increased the lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute when Aliseda fed a streaking Frankowski for a run down the field. Guzan came out to cut off the angle but Frankowski easily sent a right-footed shot past his leg and into the goal.
Atlanta United got its first shot on goal in the 71st minute but the close-ranged left-footer by George Bello was stopped by Shuttleworth.
Guzan had just one save for Atlanta.