Jul 3, 2014 at 1.30am UK at ​Toyota Park
Chicago Fire
1-1
Toronto
Shipp (57')
Amarikwa (45'), Palmer (86')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Jackson (42')
Caldwell (0')
Moore (28')

Result: Chicago Fire forced to settle for draw against 10-man Toronto FC

Chicago Fire are forced to settle for a 1-1 draw with 10-man Toronto FC at Toyota Park.

Chicago Fire have climbed off the bottom of the Eastern Conference after being held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Toronto FC at Toyota Park.

Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik was forced into action for the first time midway through the first half when he tipped Grant Ward's curled effort from the edge of the box over the crossbar.

The advantage was handed to Chicago moments later when Luke Moore was shown a straight red card for catching Chris Ritter with his elbow while challenging for the ball.

Despite losing one of their attacking players, an improving Toronto were able to take the lead just three minutes before the break through Jackson, who lost his marker inside the box to nod home Jermain Defoe's cross from just a few yards out.

Chicago took charge of the contest after the interval, with Bendik being forced to deny Quincy Amarikwa and Mike Magee within the space of a couple of minutes.

However, Bendik was powerless to prevent Chicago from levelling the scores in the 56th minute when a Magee corner reached Harrison Shipp, who ignored his options before firing a powerful effort into the top corner.

Ward should have put the home side ahead 10 minutes later, but he could only head Alex's cross straight at a relieved Bendik.

The numerical advantage became obvious in the latter stages as Chicago piled on the pressure, but they failed to find a winner as Juan Luis Anangono struck the best opportunity over the crossbar in a frantic final few minutes.

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Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Toronto34208671403168
2New York City FCNY City34169958421657
3Atlanta UnitedAtlanta341510964392555
4Chicago Fire341671161471455
5Columbus Crew34166125246654
6New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls34139124944548
7New England RevolutionNew England34137145359-646
8Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia34119145047342
9Montreal ImpactMontreal34116175257-539
10Orlando City34109153958-1939
11DC United3495203160-2932

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Vancouver WhitecapsVancouver33157114947252
2Seattle SoundersSeattle331311949391050
3Portland TimbersPortland33148115849950
4Sporting Kansas CityKansas331213839271249
5Houston DynamoHouston331211105445947
6San Jose EarthquakesEarthquakes33128133653-1744
7Dallas331013104347-443
8Real Salt LakeSalt Lake33126154752-542
9Minnesota UnitedMinnesota Utd33106174567-2236
10Colorado RapidsColorado3396183147-1633
11Los Angeles GalaxyLA Galaxy3388174462-1832
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