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August 23, 2013 8:30 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
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Chicago Fire 1-0 Sporting Kansas City: Early goal opens up East

The crowded Eastern Conference playoff race got even tighter as Kansas City fell to the Fire.

By Keith Hickey

Sean Johnson-Chicago Fire
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The Chicago Fire stormed back into the Major League Soccer playoff race with a vital 1-0 win over Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park.

Chicago scored the game's only goal early early, netting in just the 13th minute. Jalil Anibaba's long throw was cleared and came back to him. The fullback sent a cross in across the penalty area, and although it was long, Dilly Duka was able to keep it in play and cut the ball back into the path of Hunter Jumper, making just his second MLS start. Jumper's low diving header was enough, and he scored to put Chicago up 1-0.

Chris Rolfe wasted a golden opportunity to put his team up two when he spurned a breakaway in the 64th minute. Charging out of midfield, his run drifted wide, as did his eventual shot.

Chicago now sits in sixth place with 34 points, but the Fire are close to the playoffs, just five points back of KC with two games in hand.


Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Hunter Jumper
Defender
13′ 35′
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
85′
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Striker
 - 
20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
20′ 65′
 - 
-
Chris Rolfe
Striker
68′
 - 

Sporting Kansas City

 - 
1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
88′
 - 
7
 - 
15
 - 
78
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
19
 - 
20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
82′
 - 
10
 - 
17

Substitutes

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
11
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
 - 
-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
85′
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
65′
 - 
24
 - 
33
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Ike Opara
Defender
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
82′
 - 
24
 - 
14
 - 
16
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
57′

Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1