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Played
October 27, 2012 4:20 PM EDT
Toyota Park — Bridgeview, Illinois
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 20017‎
 
L. Pajoy 50′

Chicago Fire 1-1 D.C. United: D.C. seals second in the East

D.C. United locked down second place in the Eastern Conference with a draw in Chicago on Saturday.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Bill Hamid, D.C. United, MLS
Patrick McDermott
The Chicago Fire and D.C. United drew 1-1 on Saturday in the last matchday of the regular season.

The opening goal was a dandy. Patrick Nyarko and Sherjill MacDonald exchanged a few passes. At the top of the box, Nyarko niftily scooted the ball around Marcelo Saragosa's challenge and uncorked from 25 yards. The ball curled around Bill Hamid for Nyarko's fourth goal of the season.

Early in the second half, Lionard Pajoy equalized. Branko Boskovic crossed from the left and Pajoy ducked down nearly to field level to head the ball in from a tight angle.

The match featured plenty of goalkeeper saves and a handful of glaring misses. The draw means D.C. United finishes second in the East and the Chicago Fire fourth. The Fire will play the Houston Dynamo in a knockout match to enter the playoffs proper.

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Chicago Fire

25
Sean Johnson
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Jalil Anibaba
Defender
 - 
13
Gonzalo Segares
Defender
 - 
4
Austin Berry
Defender
 - 
3
Arne Friedrich
Defender
47′
 - 
20
Á. Fernández
Midfielder
68′
 - 
12
Logan Pause
Midfielder
68′
 - 
-
Pavel Pardo
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 
14
Patrick Nyarko
Midfielder
16′
 - 
-
Chris Rolfe
Striker
82′
 - 

D.C. United

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28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
 - 
14
 - 
-
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22
Chris Korb
Defender
 - 
27
 - 
55
 - 
13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
86′
 - 
14
A. Najar
Midfielder
 - 
14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
 - 
23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
 - 
-
L. Pajoy
Striker
50′

Substitutes

70
Paolo Tornaghi
Goalkeeper
 - 
33
Dan Gargan
Defender
 - 
11
 - 
-
W. Thompson
Midfielder
 - 
7
Alex
Midfielder
68′
 - 
8
 - 
9
G. Franco
Striker
82′
 - 

Substitutes

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31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
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-
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-
 - 
-
Stephen King
Midfielder
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-
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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