Saturday night in a chilly playoff atmosphere at Toyota Park, the Chicago Fire finished hot on their last home game with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC. The win put Chicago one point clear of New England and Houston, who are in fifth and sixth place, before Houston play New York Sunday. The Fire victory keeps Chicago in the playoff hunt. Their game against the Red Bulls next Sunday will likely determine their playoff fate.
The Fire knew they had to take care of business in order keep playoff hopes alive. “Regardless of the other scores, if we don’t get the three points tonight it doesn’t really matter what happens with the other teams. I think we wanted to make sure this wouldn’t be our last game here at home.” said Fire head coach Frank Klopas.
Mike Magee scored the only goal of the match on a penalty kick in the 64th minute and sits tied with Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio atop the tightly-contested MLS Golden Boot race. Magee’s 20th goal of the season is more than the previous six seasons combined. Magee has been having an incredible magic season. Prior to the match the Fire announced that forward Mike Magee was named the club’s Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot winner, and goalkeeper Sean Johnson was named the club’s Defender of the Year as voted on by local media.
Chicago Fire fans have had a roller-coaster season, but the Fire faithful have been appreciative since the arrival of Mike Magee. The Fire fans gave their hometown boy a MVP chant. “It’s awesome. I’m in my city, the city that I love and hearing them chant that with my family in the stands is huge. Having said that, I know what’s really at stake and it’s not an MVP award or a Golden Boot Award, or any other award, it’s about getting to the playoffs and knowing anything can happen from there. It feels good, don’t get me wrong, but to be honest it’s the last thing on my mind.”
The only thing on the mind of the Fire players and fan is getting another victory against the Red Bulls in New York. See you there folks.