Chicago on Fire as they beat Sporting Kansas City
Chicago Fire 1 Sporting Kansas City 0
The hosts got back to winning ways as they defeated the Eastern Conference leaders and moved up to sixth and within two point of Houston in the last playoff spot. Hunter Jumper making his first MLS start got the all important goal after 13 minutes.
A cross by Jalil Anibaba was flicked on by leading scorer Mike Magee and the Center-back came in with an amazing diving head with the ball only a matter of inches off the ground. After socking up further Chicago pressure KC finally joined the party with an effort from their returning US National team player Graham Zusi, who was seeing the field for first time since limping off in the first half of the MLS All-star game.
In the 34th minute a Matt Besler throw-in bounced in the box and found Zusi but he could not direct his effort on target. Despite having numerous changes to add to their lead in the second stanza their best being after 65 minutes when Chris Rolfe got around Aurélien Collin to corral a bouncing ball in centre field and break clean through on goal, but he put his shot wide with just Sporting goal-keeper Jimmy Nielsen to beat and 8 minutes later when new Fire Designated Player Juan Luis Anangonó almost opened his Fire account in spectacular fashion, but his volley on the turn was tipped onto the crossbar by Nielsen.
That left the Fire nerves jangling and twice in the last 10 minutes they almost paid the price. Firstly after 83 minutes when a cross from Seth Sinovic found the head of Soony Saad, but his looping header could only hit the top of the crossbar and go harmlessly behind and 3 minutes later with the visitors final effort which came from Sinovic himself who unleashed a powerful shot that keeper Sean Johnson did well to turn away as the Fire hung on for the win and avenged the 2-1 reversal they suffered at the hands of the visitors when the two squads last met here in July. The loss for Sporting was their second in a row and their fourth in their last five MLS outings and if other results this weekend go against then it will see them lose top spot in the East.
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