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October 19, 2013 8:30 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ E. Jurisevic‎
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64′ Mike Magee
 

Chicago Fire 1-0 Toronto FC: Magee penalty puts Chicago in playoff positioning

The Fire control their own destiny heading into the final weekend after the MVP candidate's 20th goal moved them into a tie for third place.

By Thomas Floyd

Mike Magee; Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City
Jonathan Daniel
As June began, the Chicago Fire found themselves at 2-7-2 and well beyond the postseason picture. Four and a half months later, they control their own playoff destiny entering the regular season finale.

Mike Magee converted a second-half penalty kick for the Fire (14-12-7) in a 1-0 win over Toronto FC (5-17-11) on Saturday, moving Chicago into a tie with Montreal for third in the Eastern Conference. With a win next weekend at the New York Red Bulls, Chicago will clinch a playoff berth.

Chicago came out of the gate strong, controlling possession and creating chances. But the heroics of Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept the Fire off the board before halftime.

The Fire finally got their goal in the 64th minute. As Magee struck a free kick, the ball deflected off the tucked-in arm of Toronto's Jonathan Osorio — leading the referee to harshly point to the spot.

With Frei diving to his right, Magee floated his penalty down the middle. It was the 20th goal of the season for Magee, who tied Marco Di Vaio for the league lead and enhanced his MVP credentials.

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Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
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4
Bakary Soumare
Defender
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
70′
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
20
E. Arévalo
Midfielder
60′
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
76′
 - 
9
Mike Magee
Striker
64′
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20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
57′
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
88′
 - 
33
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Toronto FC

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24
Stefan Frei
Goalkeeper
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15
 - 
5
 - 
28
Mark Bloom
Defender
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13
 - 
8
Kyle Bekker
Midfielder
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15
Matías Laba
Midfielder
 - 
21
 - 
23
Álvaro Rey
Midfielder
 - 
7
 - 
10

Substitutes

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
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3
 - 
11
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
88′
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-
Joel Lindpere
Midfielder
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7
Alex
Midfielder
60′
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-
 - 

Substitutes

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40
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Jonas Elmer
Defender
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6
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-
Michael Thomas
Midfielder
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17
 - 
32
 - 
33

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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
Bradley Wright-Phillips Bradley Wright-Phillips
Striker
NY Red Bulls
4 1