Finally! It has been done! A comeback from behind victory gets the Chicago Fire to .500 (11-11-6, 39 points) for the first time this season with an exciting thriller over the New England Revolution (10-11-7, 37 points) 3-2 Saturday evening at Toyota Park.
The Revolution got on the scored board first with a nice floating rocket shot from Kelyn Rowe over Fire’s goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 8th minute. It appeared to be one of those matches that had you shaking your head in disappointment if you were a Fire fan. But after displaying some serious character, Juan Luis Anangono’s goal in the 30th minute equalized the match at 1-1. It was his first in a Fire jersey.
Saer Sene scored for the Revs to again put them back in front of The Fire 2-1. But, the amazing magic of Mike Magee scored the equalizing goal in the 55th minute. He has now scored a total of 16 goals (ten for the Fire) this season. Magee becomes the seventh player to reach double digit goals in the regular season. Magee sits two goals behind Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio in the MLS Golden Boot race.
The match kept going back and forth and it appeared that The fire were going home with a point, but in the 86th minute, a Chicago corner kick was half-cleared by New England, and Chicago’s Fire Alex collected at the top of the Revs box before stroking a low shot through a crowd of bodies and into the lower corner of the goal! The crowd went into a cheering frenzy and the game ended with an exciting home victory for the Big Red. 3-2!
The victory puts the Fire into a playoff spot. Still, much soccer is to be played and anything can happen. Chicago play Columbus next weekend, when they make up their game-in-hand on Philadelphia, with whom they’re tied for fifth.