The 29-year-old scored six goals and added one assist in May, leading Chicago to an unbeaten 4-0-1 record over the month. Nikolić paces the Golden Boot race with 11 goals scored this season with the Fire siting in second place in the Eastern Conference standings (7-3-4, 25 points). Chicago ended May on a four-game winning streak, the club’s longest mark since 2012.
A week later, Nikolić led Chicago to its highest scoring outing of the season with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 victory at home over Seattle Sounders FC on May 13. The Hungarian National Team player opened the match with a penalty kick goal in the 25th minute (Watch Goal) before recording his first assist of the season in the 73rd minute on a Luis Solignac score (Watch Assist). Nikolić capped his night with his second goal of the match in the 76th minute with a shot from the center of the box to complete Chicago’s victory ( Watch Goal).
Nikolić recorded his second consecutive multi-goal performance in Chicago’s 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Park on May 17, putting the Fire on the board with a header from the center of the box in the 15th minute (Watch Goal). The Designated Player then completed his brace with a left-footed shot from close range to extend the Fire’s lead in the 74th minute (Watch Goal ). Following a 1-0 Chicago victory over D.C. United on May 20, Nikolić closed the month by redirecting Brandon Vincent’s entry pass with a right-footed finish in Chicago’s 2-1 home victory over FC Dallas on May 25 (Watch Goal).
The Chicago Fire next host Atlanta United at Toyota Park on Saturday, June 10 (4 p.m. ET, UniMás /facebook.com).
The Alcatel MLS Player of the Month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.