Dilly Duka and Robert Earnshaw scored first half goals for the Chicago Fire and Toronto FC as the two Eastern Conference clubs fought to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field on Wednesday night.
Mike Magee appeared to score his MLS-leading 18th goal of the season off Duka’s cross but it was Duka who netted the opening tally.
Fire striker Chris Rolfe sent a pass to Duka at the right wing before he sent a cross over the Toronto defense and bouncing past Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik to give the Fire a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
Three minutes later Earnshaw answered with his first goal in three months to tie it 1-1. Bobby Convey sent a cross to Earnshaw at the top right of the penalty box then Earnshaw sent a shot past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Earnshaw appeared to pull a leg muscle on the goal and was replaced by Justin Braun.
Alavro Rey came close to giving Toronto the lead before the end of the first half when his shot rung off the crossbar.
Former Toronto striker Quincy Amarikwa looked to give the Fire the lead in stoppage time but saw Bendik come up with a big one-on-one save to hold the draw.
The Fire (10-11-6, 36 points) are now 1-2-2 in their last five games and remain one point out of fifth place and the final playoff spot. The New England Revolution (10-10-7, 37 points) currently hold the No. 5 position and visit the Fire on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (My50 Chicago/107.9 La Ley).