Magic Mike Magee continued his goal scoring rampage, and so did the Chicago Fire as they continue to climb up the Eastern Conference standings after the team stole an important 2-1 road victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday night.
Patrick Nyarko put the Fire up 1-0 in the ninth minute with his fourth goal of the season. With beautiful spacing by the Fire, the goal was set up by Joel Lindpere’s cross that sailed across the box and was taken with a picture perfect solid shot from Nyarko that flew right by Union goalkeeper MacMath to the far post.
Union defender Sheanon Williams knotted the game at 1-1 in the 60th minute with one of the strangest goals I’ve ever seen. Following a Sebastien Le Toux cross, Williams snapped a header, but somehow the header got trapped on the ground and the ball then ricocheted off the back foot of Williams right into the back of the net. I highly recommend you visit your local MLS highlight reel for this goal. Not spectacular by any means, but it will leave you scratching your head.
Pushing him ahead of Vancouver’s Camilo Sanvezzo for sole possession of the MLS Golden Boot lead, Mike Magee buried the game-winner in the 75h minute as he beat sliding Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath with a top-shelf blast after receiving a sharp ball from Patrick Nyarko.
The goal was Magee’s eighth in 10 league matches since getting traded to the Fire by the L.A. Galaxy and was his 14th of the season. More importantly, it broke a 1-1 deadlock and gave the Fire a much needed hard fought road victory.
However, most of the magic came from Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. He was definitely the man of the Match with four crucial saves that ensured the points for Chicago.
Let’s hope the Fire can keep this climb up the standings when they return home to welcome last place DC United Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. CDT.