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BRIDGEVIEW IL - APRIL 19:  Mike Magee #9 Chicago Fire shoots penalty kick against New EnglRevolutiduring an MLS match

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - APRIL 19: Mike Magee #9 of the Chicago Fire shoots a penalty kick against the New England Revolution during an MLS match at Toyota Park on April19, 2014 in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Fire and the Revolution tied 1-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Magee

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Updated: June 23, 2014 1:26PM



Maybe nothing is meant to be easy for this Fire team.

One week after winning a nine-goal thriller against the New York Red Bulls, the Fire held on for a 2-1 victory Sunday over Sporting Kansas City, the defending MLS Cup champion.

Mike Magee scored twice on penalty kicks in the first 15 minutes, and the Fire (2-2-6) played the last 26 minutes against 10 men after Erik Palmer-Brown received his second yellow card.

Still, the Fire allowed Sporting Kansas City’s Dominic Dwyer to cut the lead in the 68th minute, forcing another tense finish at Toyota Park.

“I have a little bit of gray hair,’’ coach Frank Yallop said. ‘‘It could have been silver by the end. We got the win; that’s all that matters.”

The Fire are making dramatic finishes their thing.

Two weeks ago, they led 2-0 but allowed three late goals to lose 3-2 to Real Salt Lake. The Fire were pushed by Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2), who were missing numerous players because of injury or national-team duty.

“We needed a win bad,’’ said Magee, whose goals were his third and fourth of the year. ‘‘If that’s the way we’ve got to win games, I feel like I only have a couple more games left in my career. We’ll take it, and it was deserved. A very funky game, but we’ll take wins however we get them at this point.”

Certainly, the Fire would like to finish games better, but at least they’ve won consecutive games after starting the season winless in eight.

“We’re getting better game by game,’’ goalkeeper Sean Johnson said. ‘‘Defensively, the effort was fantastic. We limited shots, limited chances. Not many shots on target. We’ll look to build going forward and are happy with the performance.’’



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