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Mike Magee scores to help Fire escape with tie

Updated: July 8, 2014 6:44PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Mike Magee scored in the 40th minute to help the Fire salvage a 1-1 tie Sunday against Sporting Kansas City. Despite getting a point, the Fire (2-4-10) remained winless in their last 10 Major League Soccer games.

Sporting KC (7-5-5) failed to clear a loose ball in their own end, and Fire midfielder Alex collected it and found Magee on the left flank. Magee settled the pass and calmly beat goalie Eric Kronberg for his fifth goal of the season.

‘‘When Mike gets in those types of situations, he is clinical,’’ Fire midfielder Logan Pause said. ‘‘He does a fantastic job running off defenders’ shoulders.’’

Fire goalie Sean Johnson made two saves against C.J. Sapong in the 91st minute to preserve the tie.

‘‘The thing for me is that we don’t quit — and we didn’t,’’ Fire coach Frank Yallop said. ‘‘We kept going and tried to do the right things and moved the ball well. I thought [midfielder] Harry Ship was good today. He finds the pocket and finds good spaces. But, in general, I thought we did OK.’’

Sporting Kansas City got on the board first. In the 34th minute, Dom
Dwyer took the ball from Patrick Yanni at the top of the box, deked Johnson with a head fake to the right and scored with a left-footed shot. The goal was Dwyer’s 12th of the season, two behind the New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips for the MLS lead.

Sun-Times wires

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