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Fire Mon Aug 24 2009

Dramatic Comeback Gives Fire Their 100th Regular Season Win at Home

The Chicago Fire took on the Colorado Rapids, a team Chicago has struggled with in the past, last night at Toyota Park. In the teams first meeting this year in Colorado, the Fire pulled off an amazing win against the Rapids, something they had not done in over 8 years. Last night when the Fire went down 2-0 early in the second half, it looked as if the Rapids were going to redeem themselves from the earlier match. However, the Fire came back strong with three goals in a row.

The Fire began their comeback with a penalty kick opportunity from Cuauhtémoc Blanco in the 72nd minute. Chicago tied the game in the 85th minute with a shot from Midfielder Mike Banner, his second goal of the season. Then, with just seconds left in the game, Justin Mapp sent a cross from the edge of the box back into the area and defender Dasan Robinson placed the header into the left side of the net for the game-winning goal of the match.

The 3-2 victory gave the Fire their 100th regular season win at home, and it was the first time Chicago had won a match after being down by two goals. Needless to say it was quite an accomplishment for the Fire. The team still remains in second place in the Eastern Conference, only 1 point behind leaders Columbus Crew and 8 points ahead of third place Toronto FC. The Fire return to MLS action on August 29 against D.C. United at Toyota Park for their third consecutive home game.

 
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