Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – The Chicago Fire and Toronto FC exchanged first half goals as they battled to a 1-1 draw Wednesday evening at BMO Field.
Dilaver Dilly Duka opened the scoring in the 20th minute to give the Fire (10-11-7) the upper hand.
Toronto (4-13-11) equalized three minutes later after Robert Earnshaw received the ball from winger Bobby Convey, then waited for the Chicago defender to commit before he blasted his shot past keeper Sean Johnson.
Both teams had an opportunity take a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute.
Toronto’s Justin Braun headed an Alvaro Ray through ball but keeper Sean Johnson was there for the save.
Moments later, the Fire appeared to have caught Toronto on the counter attack. However, Bendik came up with a big save against striker Quincy Amarikwa.
The Fire, who had just one win in their previous four contests, looked to secure the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The draw leaves the Fire in a three-way tie with Houston and New England for the final playoff spot.
With the draw, Toronto extended its winless streak stretch to six matches.