2017.05.16 Tale of the Tape

Tale of the Tape: Can Gashi's lethal left foot slow Nikolić and the Chicago Fire?

Eastern European firepower will add flavor to proceedings inside Toyota Park on Wednesday night (Altitude TV, 6:30 p.m. MT), with much expected from both Nemanja Nikolić of Chicago Fire and the Rapids’ own Shkëlzen Gashi.

Rapids fans will hope that Gashi’s two goals against San Jose Earthquakes last Saturday are an indicator that he is finding his form after early season set-backs. The Albania international will relish the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Nikolić and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and hopefully steal the spotlight.

For his part, Hungary forward Nikolić has hit the ground running in his first season in MLS. Like Gashi, he bagged a brace in his last game, a 4-1 home win for the Fire over defending champions Seattle Sounders FC. The 29-year-old now has eight goals in 10 games, following an offseason move from Polish club Legia Warsaw.






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Shkëlzen Gashi

Name

Nemanja Nikolić

11

No.

23

Forward

Position

Forward

28

Age

29

6'0"

Height

5'11"

165lbs

Weight

176lbs

Nationality

2016

Joined MLS

2017

2nd season

MLS Experience

1st season

32

Appearances

10

FC Basel, Grasshopper Zurich, Neuchâtel Xamax, FC Aarau, FC Schaffhausen, AC Bellinzona, FC Zurich

Previous clubs

Legia Warsaw, Videoton, Kaposvár, Kaposvölgye, Barcs

He has a dangerous left foot that allows him to locate shots from distance, helping him win the 2016 MLS Goal of the Year, and to set up teammates. He can put opposing defenders on their heels thanks to his technical ability.

What they say …

A prolific striker in Europe, Nikolić joined the Fire prior to the 2017 season to help jumpstart an attack that scored 42 goals in 2016. His pace and ability to finish should make him a contender for Newcomer of the Year.

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