Fire snap skid, finish season with a win

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24
9:15
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in the first minute of stoppage time to help Chicago beat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 on Friday night to end the Fire's eight-game winless streak.

Sinama-Pongolle headed home Grant Ward's cross and immediately ran over to the Chicago bench to hug Logan Pause, who is retiring after a 12-year career with the Fire.

Houston (11-17-6) opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Omar Cummings headed in Brad Davis' corner kick.


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Chicago Fire winger Patrick Nyarko suffered a torn ACL and sprained MCL in his right knee during Saturday's 2-1 loss to D.C. United, his club confirmed on Wednesday.

Nyarko, 28, will undergo surgery and be sidelined for about six to eight months.

The Ghanaian, who has played for Chicago since being drafted out of Virginia Tech in 2008, already missed three months this season with a knee sprain. 

He only returned to the starting lineup earlier this month.

"Knowing the work he put in to get back and help us this season, we feel awful for Patrick," Fire coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "We saw his return to form over the past few weeks and fully support him in his recovery efforts."


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WASHINGTON -- Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson scored and D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Saturday night.

United (17-9-7) stretched its unbeaten streak to five games, clinching first place in the Eastern Conference -- and the biggest single-season turnaround in MLS history, rebounding from last year's 24-loss season.

United opened the scoring at the 31-minute mark when Pontius headed a perfect cross from Eddie Johnson past Kyle Renish into the lower left corner. It was Pontius' first goal after missing most of the season due to injury.


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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Dominic Dwyer headed in his 21st goal of the season to help Kansas City clinch a playoff spot and beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 on a rainy Friday night.

Kansas City (14-11-7) moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind D.C. United. Chicago (5-9-18) had its winless streak hit seven matches.

Dwyer is three goals back of New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips in the race for the Golden Boot trophy. Dwyer sailed a penalty kick over the crossbar in the 13th minute.

Sporting took a 1-0 lead in the 80th minute on Graham Zusi's curled shot from distance.


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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire added an 18th draw to their MLS record for ties in a season and dropped from playoff contention with a 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact on Sunday.

The Fire (5-8-18) forced Evan Bush to make eight saves for the Impact. Sean Johnson had two for Chicago.

Bush made a diving save of Quincy Amarikwa's header in the ninth minute and Johnson went well beyond the penalty box in the 91st minute to break up a dangerous pass in from midfield.


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Chicago Fire set MLS record for draws in a season

October, 2, 2014
Oct 2
9:54
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CHESTER, Pa. -- Robert Earnshaw chipped home a shot in the 92nd minute to give the Chicago Fire their MLS-record 17th tie of the season, a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night.

Earnshaw stole a clearance attempt by goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi, took one dribble, and lofted the ball over the outstretched arm of Mbolhi. Chicago (5-8-17) broke the record of 16 ties set in 2011 by the Fire and the New York Red Bulls.

Philadelphia (9-10-12) took a 1-0 lead in the 88th minute when Amobi Okugo sent home a deflected cross.


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Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Adrian Healey discuss Philadelphia Union's inability to seal a spot in the MLS Playoffs.

The Houston Dynamo continued their late season surge for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire.

Matt Watson helps Fire salvage draw with D.C. United

September, 20, 2014
Sep 20
10:20
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Matt Watson scored in the 78th minute to give the Chicago Fire a 3-3 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.

Chicago (5-7-16) tied the MLS record, set in 2011, with its 16th draw of the season.

Quincy Amarikwa gave Chicago the lead in the 16th minute. He settled a cross with his chest, took two touches to elude the defense and bent in a shot. Amarikwa was clipped inside the box in the 30th minute and Jeff Larentowicz converted the penalty kick for a 2-0 lead.

Luis Silva's penalty kick put D.C. (14-9-6) on the board in the 39th minute to snap United's two-game scoreless streak. Silva evened the match at 2 in the 54th minute when he sent a free kick from distance. D.C. took its first lead at 3-2 in the 68th minute.

Watson's game-tying shot from distance ricocheted off a defender and landed in the back of the net.


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