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Fire Sun Jul 26 2009

Fire Add to Their Winning Streak

The Chicago Fire held onto their first place spot and increased their winning streak to 5 last night with a 0-0 tie against Seattle. Both teams displayed a strong defensive effort, and kept the game scoreless despite the Sounders having the third-largest home crowd at Qwest Stadium behind them. Throughout the match, there were a couple close calls from Seattle, including a corner kick in the 85th minute started by Sebastien Le Toux and headed by Patrick Ianni. Luckily, a goal was avoided with the help of Chicago midfielder Chris Rolfe.

Chicago and Seattle played with 10 players each most of the second half when Chicago's John Thorrington was ejected from the game in the 54th minute after receiving his second yellow card. Seattle held onto a one-man advantage for only a short while until Freddie Ljungberg was ejected in the 59th minute for colliding with Chicago's C.J. Brown and then arguing the call.

Chicago, now 7-3-8, gained another point with the tie and are holding strong at the top with 29 points. Now the Fire have to prepare for their next home match this coming Saturday, August 1, against Real Salt Lake.

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