Match Recap: Columbus Crew 3, Chicago Fire 0

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The Columbus Crew have stormed back into the MLS playoff picture.

A strong offensive performance and an early red card earned the club a 3-0 win over rivals Chicago Fire, and pulled the Crew even closer to a playoff spot that seemed impossible only a month ago.

The Crew opened scoring early, when Dominic Oduro found space on the wing and slotted home the match’s first goal. Federico Higuain came away from a loose ball scrum with possession and found Jairo Arrieta, whose lunging toe poke put Oduro into space. The Ghanaian weighed his options then slotted a low, far-post strike past Chicago’s Sean Johnson, who got his fingers to the ball, but couldn’t prevent the goal.

Columbus’ early success continued in the 29th minute, when a deflected ball near midfield flew over the heads of the Chicago...

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Match Recap: Chicago Fire 3, New England Revolution 2

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The New England Revolution had a chance to take a commanding position in the playoff race on Saturday, but the Chicago Fire stole their top-five spot away in a 3-2 win.

Alex’s 86th -minute strike put the Fire in a tie for fifth place, the first time they’ve occupied a playoff spot all season. New England took the lead twice in the first half, courtesy of goals from Kelyn Rowe and Saer Sene, but goals from Juan Luis Anangono and Mike Magee erased both.

Rowe bagged his fifth goal in as many weeks when his looping shot from 25 yards found its way over Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson and into the back of the net to open the scoring.

Five minutes later, Juan Luis Anangonó had a chance to equalize when Nyarko found him on the right side of the penaly area, but his shot was saved.

Anangonó wouldn&...

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Match Recap: Toronto FC 1, Chicago Fire 1

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Dilly Duka and Robert Earnshaw scored first half goals for Chicago and Toronto respectively as two Eastern Conference sides battled to a 1-1 draw in front of 15,217 at BMO Field on Wednesday evening.

The Fire opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a peculiar play in which Duka chipped a pass to forward Mike Magee, who had made a run into the Toronto box. While the current second-highest goalscorer in the league was unable to get a foot on the ball, TFC keeper Joe Bendik played the ball as if Magee was going to redirect it and ultimately saw Duka’s pass bounce over him into the back of the net.

Toronto equalized three minutes later when Earnshaw received a ball in the Fire box from winger Bobby Convey and then showed great poise while waiting for the Chicago defender to commit before he...

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Match Recap: Seattle Sounders 2, Chicago Fire 1

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In a game that had “draw” written all over it, an 89th-minute own goal by Gonzalo Segares proved to be the deciding score as the Seattle Sounders eked past the Chicago Fire 2-1 Saturday night at CenturyLink Field.

The two teams traded first-half goals and weren’t generating many chances in the second half. But in the waning minutes of regulation, Lamar Neagle gave a leading pass to Zach Scott, who was streaking in on the left side. Scott’s centering ball failed to find its intended target, Andy Rose, but it hit off Segares and found the back of the net. Neagle had also scored the Sounders’ first goal.

It was a tough pill to swallow for the Fire, who had gone 4-1-2 in their past seven and were closing in on the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference...

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Match Recap: Chicago Fire 1, Houston Dynamo 1

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The Chicago Fire let the Houston Dynamo hang around all game at Toyota Park, and the Dynamo took advantage with just seconds to spare by snagging a 90th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon.

Adam Moffat salvaged a point for the Dynamo, taking a clever backheel from Corey Ashe and ripping a laser into the upper 90 to keep the Fire from jumping ahead of Houston and into a playoff spot.

Chicago weren’t able to convert on a bevy of chances, but it looked like that might not matter after Bobby Boswell played a header into his own goal in the 37th minute. Mike Magee’s service found its way past Jeff Larentowicz’s head and deflected off of Boswell past goalkeeper Tally Hall to give the Fire a 1-0 lead.

It was a deserved lead, as Chicago dominated much of the first hour thanks largely...

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Match Recap: Chicago Fire 1, Sporting Kansas City 0

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Sporting Kansas City out-passed and out-possessed the Chicago Fire on Friday, but Hunter Jumper’s first career goal in the 13th minute, a diving header into an open net, was all Chicago needed in a 1-0 win.

After Jumper’s goal, the Fire held tight for their first shutout in their last 15 competitive matches.

Sporting held the ball for 59 percent of the game and completed 80 percent of their passes to the Fire’s 65, but the Eastern Conference frontrunners weren’t able to put the ball in the back of the net in their fourth loss in five games.

In the 13th minute, Mike Magee tipped a Jalil Anibaba cross across the goal to Jumper – making his first start at center back – who scored in an open net by diving for a header with the ball just a few inches above the ground.

The win lifted the F...

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Match Recap: New England Revolution 2, Chicago Fire 0

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uan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe struck in the second half to give New England a precious 2-0 victory over fellow Eastern Conference playoff-chasers Chicago on Saturday night.

Agudelo notched a worthy match-winner by clipping a Chris Tierney diagonal over onrushing goalkeeper Sean Johnson with the outside of his right foot. Rowe guaranteed the points in the late stages when he turned  home a rebound after Johnson saved well from a Saër Sène effort.

It proved no less than the home side deserved after engineering a substantial improvement in the second half and preventing the Fire – without dismissed coach Frank Klopas for the final 10 minutes of the affair – from producing an equalizer.

New England enjoyed the majority of the possession during a languid opening half, but Chicago created th...

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Chicago Fire Visit New England Revolution For Eastern Conference Matchup

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The Chicago Fire (9-9-4, 31 points) hit the road to take on the New England Revolution (8-9-6, 30 points) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9).
This is the second of three meetings between the two sides this season. The Fire were edged 1-0 by the Revolution on Opening Night at Toyota Park on March 9. The Fire will host the final leg of the series at Toyota Park on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9).
The Fire enter Saturday’s match after defeating the Montreal Impact 2-1 at Toyota Park Saturday evening. The Revolution enter the match after a 3-0 road defeat at the hands of Sporting Kansas City.
Following the match in New England the Fire return ho...
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Match Recap: Chicago Fire 2, Montreal Impact 1

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Two teams with very different midweek, non-league results met on Saturday, but it was the Chicago Fire who came out on top at Toyota Park, using two first-half goals to get past the Montreal Impact 2-1.

After a heartbreaking US Open cup loss to DC United, Chicago bounced back via goals from Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka while Montreal, which knocked off San Jose in Champions League play on Wednesday, got a consolation goal from Felipe.

Each team started a slightly abridged lineup in their third game in eight days, and Chicago’s took an early edge.

The Fire took a sixth-minute lead when Lindpere’s shot from just outside the penalty area deflected off of forward Daniele Paponi to beat Troy Perkins to the near post.

In the 23rd minute, some suspect defending and a persistent effort from Dilly ...

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Match Recap: Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 2

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Mike Magee’s scoring surge continued, and so did the Chicago Fire’s climb up the standings.

In a key matchup between Eastern Conference teams battling for playoff position, Magee buried the game-winner to lift the Fire (8-9-4) to a 1-0 win over the host Philadelphia Union (9-7-7) on Saturday evening at PPL Park.

The goal was Magee’s eighth in 10 league matches since getting traded to the Fire by the Galaxy and was his 14th of the season, pushing him ahead of Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo for sole possession of the MLS Golden Boot lead.

More importantly, it broke a 1-1 deadlock in the 75h minute as Magee beat sliding Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath with a top-shelf blast after receiving a sharp ball from Patrick Nyarko.

Earlier, Nyarko put the Fire up 1-0 in the ninth minute with his fou...

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