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By IVES GALARCEP
The Chicago Fire were trailing as the final minutes ticked away in the first half of Sunday’s match vs. the New York Red Bulls, and might have found it too tough a road to come back if they headed into the locker room trailing at halftime, but Daniel Paladini was determined to chance Chicago’s fortunes and did just that.
The Fire midfielder scored a header just before halftime, leaping up to beat Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles to the ball to give Chicago an equalizer, then he helped set up two late goals to secure a 3-1 victory. Paladini’s performance made him a strong pick for SBI MLS Player of the Week for Week Six.
Paladini beat out a good field of contenders that included teammate Maicon Santos, who scored both goals he assisted on, Portland tandem Ryan Johnson and Diego Chara, and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
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