Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Chicago Fire failed to move into a playoff
position in the Eastern Conference as the team was held to a 1-1 draw at BMO
Field by Toronto FC on Wednesday.
A win would have lifted the Fire into fifth place, and the club was in
position after Dilly Duka's 20th-minute goal opened the scoring.
But TFC answered back three minutes later through Robert Earnshaw to claim a
share of the spoils.
There was a bit of good fortune involved in Duka's opener as he chipped the
ball into the penalty area for forward Mike Magee. The ball eluded the lunging
Magee but it still managed to skip past TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik and into the
Chicago's lead lasted just three minutes, however, as Bobby Convey's driven
cross from the left wing picked out Earnshaw at the back post. He collected
the ball and faked a shot to elude his defender before firing a left-footed
effort beyond the reach of Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Alvaro Rey came within inches of putting TFC into the lead in first-half
stoppage time when he curled a shot off the crossbar, while Toronto's Ryan
Braun went close in the second half.
Quincy Amarikwa had a chance to snatch a win for the Fire in the 79th minute
after being played through on goal, only for Bendik to come off his line and
get a piece of the shot, deflecting it past the post.
The Sports Network