Hunter Jumper’s first career goal lifted the Chicago Fire to a 1-0 over Eastern Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City on Friday night at Toyota Park.
The Fire defender sent a diving header to the net past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
The Fire (10-10-4, 33 points) entered the match in seventh place in the MLS Eastern Conference and gained two points en route to their goal to reach fifth place in the conference for the final playoff berth.
Kansas City (11-9-6, 39 points) remained tied for the Eastern lead with the New York Red Bulls.
Jalil Anibaba sent a long cross to Mike Magee who lined a short pass to Jumper for his first career goal in the 13th minute.
In the 26th minute, Magee had a quick release shot but it was saved by Nielsen.
Assistant coach Mike Matkovich manned the sidelines as head coach Frank Klopas served a one-game suspension. Klope was ejected by MLS officials in last Saturday’s 2-0 loss at New England along with assistant coach Leo Perkovich and Defender Bakary Soumare.
Chris Rolfe returned to the starting lineup at forward, paired with Magee. The past two games Rolfe was sidelined with hamstring tightness.
The Fire return to action on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the Houston Dynamo at 2:00 p.m. (My 50, 107.9 FM).