Bridgeview, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Magee converted a pair of first-half
penalty kicks on Sunday and the Chicago Fire held on for a nervy 2-1 victory
over 10-man Sporting Kansas City at Toyota Park.
It took just seven minutes for the hosts to open the scoring as Quincy
Amarikwa broke in on goal and was clipped by a diving Eric Kronberg, resulting
in a penalty kick. Magee then stepped up and buried it into the bottom left
corner for the early advantage.
Just eight minutes later the home side made it 2-0. Benji Joya was shoved to
the ground in the box and referee Jose Carlos Rivero pointed to the spot for a
second time and Magee completed his brace with ease.
Trailing by two goals early, Sporting's task became even more difficult in the
64th minute when Eric Palmer-Brown was shown a second yellow card and sent off
in his MLS debut, reducing the visitors to 10 men.
Despite being down a man, Sporting pulled a goal back in the 68th minute when
Benny Feilhaber whipped a free kick toward the far post where Dominic Dwyer
nodded it home for his eighth goal of the season.
The visitors had the better of the play following the goal and went in search
of the equalizer as the fourth official's board showed seven minutes of
stoppage time, but Chicago's back line held firm to claim its second win of