Chicago Fire Earn Valuable Road Point With 1-1 Draw At Toronto FC

Dilly Duka tallies fourth goal of season in 20th minute as Men in Red gain ground in east

TORONTO, Ontario (Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013) – The Chicago Fire (10-11-6, 36 points) drew Toronto FC (4-13-11, 23 points) 1-1 Wednesday evening at BMO Field. Dilly Duka’s lofted goal in the 20th minute helped the Men in Red earn the valuable point on the road.
 
The Fire now return home to play their third game in eight days when they welcome the New England Revolution to Toyota Park on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT (My50/La Ley 107.9). This match will serve as Sustainability Night presented by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. The first 5,000 fans in the stadium will receive a limited edition Fire scarf. Tickets for the match are available by visiting www.Chicago-Fire.com, Ticketmaster or calling 888-MLS-FIRE.
 
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Notes:
-       With the draw, the Fire move to 7-3-5 all-time in regular season matches against Toronto FC, and 4-3-2 in matches played at BMO Field.
-       Dilly Duka’s goal in the 20th minute of the match was his fourth of the season. In his first season with the Fire, Duka has doubled his previous career goal scoring numbers and now sits with six in his MLS career.
-       The Fire were without the services of midfielders Joel Lindpere (Estonia) and Arevalo Rios (Uruguay) who were with their respective national teams for FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
-       Patrick Nyarko returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a MLS match since the Fire’s 2-1 road win against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 4.
-       Third year defender Jalil Anibaba made his 100th competitive appearance for the Men in Red. The Davis, Calif. native, along with Austin Berry, are the only two Fire players to play every minute of the Fire’s 2013 campaign.
 
Chicago Fire 1 – 1 Toronto FC
 
Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson; Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Bakary Soumare, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko (Quincy Amarikwa 56’), Alex (Juan Luis Anangono 78’), Jeff Larentowicz ©, Dilly Duka (Daniel Paladini 68’); Chris Rolfe, Mike Magee
 
Substitutes not used: Paolo Tornaghi, Hunter Jumper, Logan Pause, Wells Thompson
 
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik; Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Richard Eckersley; Jeremy Hall, Bobby Convey, Alvaro Rey (Jonas Elmer 90’), Jonathan Osorio; Andrew Wiedeman (Bright Dike 75’), Robert Earnshaw (Justin Braun 25’)
 
Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Darel Russell, Gale Agbossoumonde, Kyle Bekker
 
Scoring Summary
CHI – Dilly Duka (Chris Rolfe) 20’
TFC – Robert Earnshaw (Bobby Convey) 23’
 
Misconduct Summary
TFC – Bobby Convey (caution) 29’
TFC – Justin Braun (caution) 45+’
TFC – Jeremy Hall (caution) 71’
TFC – Doneil Henry (caution) 91’
 
Referee: Geoff Gamble
Assistants: Brian Poeschel, Jason Cullum
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Attendance: 15,217