The lone MLS match of the night featured only a lone goal in it as Chicago outlasted Sporting KC 1-0 at Toyota Park to climb ever closer towards a playoff spot. The match’s lone moment of true quality came in the 13th minute as Chicago’s Hunter Jumper scored his first career MLS goal by re-directing in a Mike Magee pass with his head to give Chicago the lead and eventual win. Jumper was relatively unmarked in the box as Jalil Anibaba sent in a cross that made its way to the back post, where Magee sent it back in to Jumper, who played the role of Johnny-on-the-spot and put it in past Jimmy Nielsen in the SKC goal. The story of the match was one of wasted chances for Sporting KC as they dominated in terms of shots and ball possession, but couldn’t quite piece it all together as their best goal opportunity went begging with Seth Sinovic’s effort from in-close parried away by a resolute Sean Johnson in goal. Chicago weathered some late pressure by Sporting to secure the 1-0 win and with it, a vital 3 points that see them move to within 2 points of Houston for the final playoff spot while SKC remain top of the East on 39.
Next Matches: Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo Sporting Kansas City at Olimpia (CONCACAF Champions League)Stat of Match: Percentage of Shots on Target Chicago Fire: 42% Sporting Kansas City: 22%