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Fire Mon May 18 2009

Fire Win, Finally

For once it was the other team's turn to rue missed opportunities as the Chicago Fire won for the first time in five games against Toronto FC. It wasn't pretty. Both teams struggled with windy conditions and the artificial playing surface (check out how Toronto feels about playing on the stuff here ). Toronto had more attempts on goal than the combined efforts of the past three teams that the Fire tied. It came as no surprise to Fire fans that some of those chances were missed by former striker Chad Barrett. He also cramped in the 85th minute, though he surprised many by making it that long. There was more than a hint of controversy in the Fire's opening goal, as Chris Rolfe scored on a breakaway only moments after the ball struck Logan...Pause on the hand for what could have been a penalty.

But really, isn't it about time the Fire had a dose of good fortune? Over the past five games they've been punished for every single mistake they've made. Finally notching another win should build some confidence in the team that will go a long way the next time they have a one goal lead at home. It's weird to write this about an undefeated team, but hopefully this weekend's victory signals the end of a slump.

 
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