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MLS: Kansas City 0 Chicago 1

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.

Sat 30 Jun, 2012
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