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September 1, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Houston Dynamo

These two Eastern Conference teams are neck and neck, jockeying for position in the playoff race.

By Keith Hickey

Mike Magee, Chicago Fire, MLS
Brian Kersey
The Eastern Conference playoff race is incredibly tight right now.

Houston (10-8-6) and Chicago (10-10-7) are in sixth and seventh place in the Eastern Conference, respectively, both angling for the playoffs. Each with a game in hand over fifth place New England and two in hand over New York, Sporting and Philadelphia, the team that wins this would have its playoff destiny in its own hands.

History doesn't bode well for the Fire, however. The Windy City side has won just one of its last nine meetings with Houston, and all-time, Houston has eight wins to Chicago's four (six draws).

A big part of Chicago's playoff drive has been forward Mike Magee. Since joining from the LA Galaxy, he's scored eight goals in 12 games an contributed three assists to help Chicago overcome a relatively porous back line that has conceded 34 goals.

Houston will be boosted by a midweek win over Arabe Unido in the CONCACAF Champions League. After going down to an early penalty kick, Cam Weaver scored a goal in each half to earn three points.


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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 1, 2013 Chicago Fire 1 - Houston Dynamo 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 27, 2013 Houston Dynamo 1 - Chicago Fire 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 14, 2013 Houston Dynamo 2 - Chicago Fire 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 31, 2012 Chicago Fire 1 - Houston Dynamo 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 2, 2012 Chicago Fire 3 - Houston Dynamo 1
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Available Squads
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Bakary SoumareDefender
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
20E. ArévaloMidfielder
11Dilly DukaMidfielder
9Mike MageeMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
7AlexMidfielder
-Chris RolfeStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
3Hunter JumperDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
24Quincy AmarikwaStriker
33Juan Luis AnangonóStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
5Warren CreavalleMidfielder
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
27B. GarcíaMidfielder
12Will BruinStriker
28Erich MarscheiderGoalkeeper
26Corey AsheDefender
10A. LópezMidfielder
20Andrew DriverMidfielder
14Jason JohnsonMidfielder
23Cam WeaverStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
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