Stoppage Time Comeback Sparks RSL Past Fire
The Fire appeared to be on the verge of completing the team’s first win of the season before Real Salt Lake scored twice after the 89th minute to send the crowd of 14,903 at Toyota Park home disappointed.
The Fire held a 2-0 lead until the 72nd minute after first-half goals by strikers Mike Magee and Juan Luis Anangono. Without its leading goalscorer, Quincy Amarikwa, the team was unable to secure a third tally to put away the defending Western Conference champions.
CHI 22′ Mike Magee unassisted. CHI 1-0 RSL
CHI 30′ Juan Luis Anangono assisted by Greg Cochrane. CHI 2-0 RSL
RSL 72′ Joao Plata assisted by Javier Morales. CHI 2-1 RSL
RSL 90′ Alvaro Saborio assisted by Kenny Mansally. CHI 2-2 RSL
RSL 90’+3′ Joao Plata assisted by Alvaro Saborio. CHI 2-3 RSL
RSL 30′ Chris Schuler yellow card (Foul)
RSL 44′ Kyle Beckerman yellow card (Foul)
CHI 63′ Mike Magee yellow card (Hand)
CHI 62′ M Matt Watson for M Patrick Nyarko
RSL 69′ D Kenny Mansally for D Chris Wingert
RSL 69′ M Sebastian Velasquez for M Luke Mulholland
CHI 85′ M Victor Pineda for F Mike Magee
RSL 88′ F Olmes Garcia for D Nat Borchers
Mike Magee came close to putting Chicago up 3-0 in the 63rd minute, finding the crossbar and finding a rebound opportunity. The second chance opportunity would not be fruitful, as Magee was caught hitting the ball with his outstretched arm and issued a yellow card.
Joao Plata got RSL on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute, beating Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. With just four seconds left in regulation time, Alvaro Saborio scored a goal into the upper 90 to level the match at two goals each. The two visiting goalscorers would just not settle for a draw and would be involved in downing the Fire just minutes later. In the third minute of extra time, Saborio assisted Plata in what would prove to be the decisive goal.
With the comeback, RSL remained the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer and moved into first place in both the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield race. With the loss, the Fire ended a streak of six consecutive draws and saw defeat for the first time since the season opener on the road against Chivas USA. The Fire dwell at the bottom of the table and sit at 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The only other team in the league left without a win is the Portland Timbers.
The Fire play next on Saturday, May 10 at the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The game will be broadcast on both My50 Chicago and TWCSC Wisconsin. The Red Bulls currently reside in fifth place in the East at 2-2-5. The Fire hold a record of 0-2-6.