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By RYAN TOLMICH
The Chicago Fire have already earned the title of MLS draw kings this season. Now, the club is just adding to its record.
The Fire picked up yet another draw, their 18th of the season, Sunday in a scoreless draw with the Montreal Impact at Toyota Park. As a result, the Fire have been officially eliminated from playoff contention.
The best chance of the night went to the Impact, who saw a spectacular finish from Jack McInerney ruled offside.
With seven minutes left in the first half, winger Justin Mapp found McInerney, who smashed home an acrobatic overhead kick. However, the linesman ruled that Mapp was offside prior to receiving the pass, erasing McInerney’s effort.
Despite finishing scoreless, the Fire had their share of chances as well, many of which were extinguished by the spectacular play of Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush, who finished with nine saves on the night.
The first of Bush’s efforts came just nine minutes in, as the Impact goalkeeper kept out a Quincy Amarikwa header. Then, in the 43rd, Bush proved vital yet again by keeping out a Florent Sinama-Pongolle shot from close range.
The second half proved to be a quiet one, although the two sides provided a frenzied finish in an attempt to snag a late three points.
Each side had a late opportunity to steal a win, with Gonzalo Segares nearly scoring a late winner before Impact substitute Marco Di Vaio forced Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson into a save on the other end.
Following the draw, the Fire will be back in action Oct. 10 when they visit Sporting KC, while the Impact return Oct. 11 against the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo.