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October 22, 2011 8:30 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ H. Grajeda‎
Attendance:‬ 20237‎
 
E. Rentería 72′
Dilly Duka 79′
81′ D. Cháves
 

Chicago Fire 3-2 Columbus Crew: Fire win thriller to close out season

Chicago let slip a 2-0 lead which came courtesy of a Jalil Anibaba double, but finished the night off with a late winner.

By Allen Ramsey

Emmanuel Eko, Diego Chaves; Columbus Crew - Chicago Fire
David Banks
The Chicago Fire closed out their season with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew in an exciting match.

Jalil Anibaba opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a glancing header from Pavel Pardo's cross. The rookie defender nodded home his second of the night 20 minutes later with a looping header to the far post from a Cory Gibbs ball in.

Emilio Renteria cut the lead to 2-1 in the 72nd. Eddie Gaven supplied the cross and Renteria put an athletic finish into the net, hitting a half-bicycle from a feet above the ground.

Eight minutes later Dilly Duka leveled the match. A terrible clearance fell kindly for Duka, who smashed home his shot with some vengeance.

Chicago would have the last laugh, however, with Diego Chaves scoring the winner just moments later. Dominic Oduro broke in on goal. His poked shot fell right into the path of Chaves, who tapped it home for a 3-2 lead that Chicago would keep for the final eight minutes of the match.

Emmanuel Ekpo was ejected in the final moments of the match.


Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
11′ 30′
 - 
33
Dan Gargan
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
 - 
17
Cory Gibbs
Defender
 - 
-
Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
 - 
8
Dominic Oduro
Striker
92′
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
 - 
-
M. Pappa
Midfielder
96′
 - 
-
D. Cháves
Striker
81′ 87′
 - 

Columbus Crew

 - 
1
Will Hesmer
Goalkeeper
 - 
20
 - 
-
 - 
14
 - 
31
 - 
11
Dilly Duka
Midfielder
74′ 79′
 - 
17
Emmanuel Ekpo
Midfielder
78′ 91′
 - 
12
Eddie Gaven
Midfielder
 - 
15
Kevin Burns
Midfielder
39′
 - 
20
 - 
-
A. Mendoza
Striker
79′

Substitutes

-
Jon Conway
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
4
Baggio Husidic
Midfielder
96′
 - 
11
 - 
19
Corben Bone
Midfielder
 - 
27
Victor Pineda
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
20
 - 
25
 - 
14
Robbie Rogers
Midfielder
39′
 - 
7
Bernardo Anor
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-

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Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2