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  • October 19, 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: E. Jurisevic
  • • Attendance: 19889
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Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill MyBet Tipico
Chicago Fire 1.44 1.36 1.44 1.37 1.45
Draw 4.00 4.00 4.20 4.40 4.00
Toronto FC 6.00 7.00 7.50 8.00 6.50
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Toronto FC

Brian Kersey

A win would push Chicago to the brink of the playoffs, and less could mean a premature end to the season.

The Chicago Fire are in the playoffs by a razor's edge, and at the tail end of the season, can ill-afford a slip.

Chicago occupies the fifth and final playoff spot in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, equal on points with Montreal and Philadelphia with only a games won tiebreaker keeping the Fire above the red line. With those two sides meeting on Saturday, the windy city club could take sole possession of fourth place or even challenge Houston - which plays first-place New York - for third.

Driving the Fire offense at this crucial time of the year is MLS MVP candidate Mike Magee. Prior to 2013, Magee was seen as a scrappy player who tended to come up big in the playoffs. His career-best mark for goals in a season was still the seven he tallied his rookie year. This campaign, he's tied for the league-lead with 19, with four goals and an assist in his last five matches as the Fire push for the playoffs.

Toronto has been eliminated from playoff contention, and has been mathematically guaranteed to finish in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Reds will have to do some lineup shuffling, with Jeremy Hall and Joe Bendik suspended. Danny Koevermans (L Calf strain) and Matias Laba (Fractured distal phalanx of R great toe) are listed as out, while Robert Earnshaw (R Calf strain) is questionable.

The Fire will be without Brendan King (L Hamstring Strain) and Michael Videira (Concussion Symptoms).

In their only other meeting this season, these sides drew 1-1, Dilly Duka and Robert Earnshaw trading first-half goals on Sept. 11.

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25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Bakary SoumareDefender
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13G. SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
20E. ArévaloMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
33Juan Luis AnangonóStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
3Hunter JumperDefender
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
7AlexMidfielder
-Chris RolfeStriker
24Stefan FreiGoalkeeper
15Doneil HenryDefender
5Ashtone MorganDefender
28Mark BloomDefender
13Steven CaldwellDefender
8Kyle BekkerMidfielder
15Matías LabaMidfielder
21Jonathan OsorioMidfielder
-Álvaro ReyMidfielder
7Bright DikeStriker
10Robert EarnshawStriker
-Quillan RobertsGoalkeeper
-Jonas ElmerDefender
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17Justin BraunStriker
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