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MLS: Kansas City 0 Chicago 1

30 June 2012 04:46

A second-half Marco Pappa goal helped the Chicago Fire to their third straight MLS win, a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Friday.

The Fire closed to within two points of the third-placed Kansas City in the Eastern Conference with the hard-fought win at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half but struggled to create any clear-cut chances.

They were made to pay in the 58th minute when Chicago struck on the counter-attack.

Pappa carried the ball over halfway before sliding a pass to Chris Rolfe, who returned a pass for the Guatemalan to strike a first-time shot past goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Sporting had their best chance 14 minutes before full-time when Kei Kamara had a diving header turned around the post by Fire shot-stopper Sean Johnson.

Johnson was called into action several times in the closing stages but stood up to the tests as the Fire held on to collect three points.

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Competition
MLS
Date
30 June 2012
Kick-off
02:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Sporting Park (Kansas City, Kansas)
Attendance
19274

Goals

0 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
23
3
6 33'
22
17
12
18 87'
8
14
16 58'
Coach: F. Klopas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
5
22
19
2
18
37
88
# Player Bookings
71
99
88
1
11
15
19

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