Mike Magee continued his scoring ways and the Chicago Fire continued to climb their way up the Eastern Conference standings en route to a potential playoff spot.
Magee netted the game-winner at the 75th minute mark to give the Fire (8-9-4) a 2-1 victory over the Eastern Conference opponent Philadelphia Union (9-7-7) on Saturday evening at PPL Park.
Magee’s goal was his 14th on the year and gave him sole possession of the MLS Golden Boot lead, above Vancouver Whitecaps’ Camilo Sanvezzo. It was also his eighth league goal since joining the Fire in May.
Patrick Nyarko gave the Fire an early lead in the ninth minute with his fourth goal this season. Joel Lindpere sent a cross across the box to Nyarko who sent the ball to the far post pass Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
In the 60th minute Union defender Sheanon Williams tied the game at 1-1. Sebastien Le Toux, 25-yards out, sent a cross to Williams who chipped in the goal off his back foot while on the ground to beat returning Fire starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Johnson recorded four straight stops off Union corners starting in the 65th minute to preserve the draw before Magee sent home the game-winner.
The Fire will return home for a U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match against D.C. United on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CDT (chicago-fire.com)