Chicago Fire in Playoff Picture with 3-2 Comeback Win

Sep 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire defender Jalil Anibaba (6) misses a header during the first half at Toyota Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Fire rallied twice against the New England Revolution for a 3-2 victory to put the club in the MLS Eastern Conference playoff picture. With 39 points, they are now in the fifth and final playoff spot, leaping past the Revolution.

Fire midfielder Alex scored in the 87th minute for the Fire’s only lead on an unassisted goal at the top of the box. It was his first of the season.

Forward Mike Magee tied the game 2-2 in the 55th minute off a feed from Patrick Nyarko for his 15th goal of the season.

Kelyn Rowe shot in the ninth minute gave New England an early 1-0 lead. Saer Sene sent a pass to Rowe who chipped it in pass Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Fire forward Juan Luis Anagono shot to the far post pass Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 30th minute tied it 1-1. It was his first goal for the Fire since joining the club in July.

Five minutes later Anagono nearly tallied another goal off a corner but was cleared away by the Revolution defense.

The Revolution regained the lead 2-1 again before halftime as Sene’s shot found the back of the net.

The Fire began the night with 36 points and in seventh place one point behind the Revolution who both held the fifth and final playoff spot. The Fire also had remained scoreless in the previous two meetings against the Revolution.

The club will return to action next Saturday against the Columbus Crew on the road at 6:30 p.m. CT (My50 Chicago/La Ley 107.9 FM).

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Topics: Chicago Fire, Juan Luis Anagonó, Mike Magee, MLS

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