MLS: Chicago Fire and Sporting Kansas City split points

Sporting KC

Dom Dwyer scored his 12th goal of the season.

Mike Magee’s fifth goal of the season helped Chicago Fire secure an important 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Dom Dwyer and Magee were beneficiaries of bad defending in the first half. Dwyer opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season and after squandering multiple chances, Magee scored his third goal against SKC this season. Despite the introduction of Graham Zusi in the second half, the home team couldn’t score a game-winner.

With just less than 90 seconds on the clock, the first defensive mistake was made. Kevin Ellis’ loose pass was picked up by Magee and he was in on goal with only the ‘keeper to beat. He dribbled around the Eric Kronberg, but his shot was cleared off the line by Aurélien Collin.

Few minutes later, SKC needed another goal-line clearance to keep the game scoreless. Off a corner kick, Patrick Ianni was left wide-open and his header was headed for the far post before Dwyer intervened.

After the early chances, the game settled down and the home team started to dominate possession.

With SKC struggling to create chances, Dwyer decided to take matters into his own hands. The team’s leading scorer received a pass inside the box and popped the ball into the air with his first touch. Instead of bringing the ball down, the English forward acrobatically fired a scissor kick at goal. His powerful shot fell safely into Sean Johnson’s hands.

Another lapse in concentration gifted Magee a clean look at goal. Both center backs lost the 29-year-old and he was perfectly picked out with a beautiful ball over the top. Magee’s first touch made his angle tighter and his attempt pinged off the far post.

In the 33rd minute, Dwyer broke the deadlock. The forward stripped Ianni and calmly placed the ball past Johnson. The social media fanatic got a yellow card for taking a selfie during his goal celebration.

With five minutes left in the first half, SKC’s defense handed Magee another chance, and this time he punished them. Alex picked SKC’s pocket and found a wide-open Magee at the top of the 18-yard box. Last season’s MVP sent Kronberg the wrong way as he scored his fifth of the season.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Collin made his second goal-line clearance. A weak attempt from Dilly Duka had beaten Kronberg and was slowing creeping in before the French defender comfortably controlled it.

Sporting’s fans finally had something to cheer when American World Cup hero Zusi checked into the game.

Zusi impacted the game immediately. He’s corner kick dropped to Dwyer, and for the second time in the game, tried to score an acrobatic goal. His bicycle kick did not miss by much.

In the final minutes, the game became one-sided as SKC looked for the winner. Peter Vermes sent in reinforcements in the form of CJ Sapong and Sal Zizzo, but neither of them could penetrate the Fire’s resilient defense.

SKC finally had a good look at goal in the last minute, but couldn’t beat Johnson. The American international coughed up a long range shot, and quickly recovered to smother Sapong’s follow up.

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