Chicago Fire send McBride, Brown off in Style with Win

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It was an extremely disappointing season for the Chicago Fire, but at least they closed it out with a 4-1 win over Chivas USA. With the win the Fire end the 2010 MLS campaign at 9-12-9, with 36 points, good for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Fire will miss the postseason for just the second time in the club’s history.

Appearing in the final match of his illustrious 17-year career, Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride tallied a beautiful back-heel goal. C.J. Brown presided over the Fire’s backline for the final time and Freddie Ljungberg, Calen Carr and Baggio Husidic added goals to send McBride and Brown into retirement as the Fire defeated Chivas USA 4-1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

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Chicago Fire blow chance to get back into Conference Race

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The Chicago Fire have had a rather disappointing season so far. This 2010 team doesn’t look like they’ll reach the Conference Finals like their 2009 counterparts did. The Fire blew a great chance to make up some ground Saturday night as their 2-0-3 unbeaten streak ended by a Jason Garey header in the final moments of the first half, capping a frantic four-minute interval that saw all three goals scored in Columbus’ 2-1 victory over the Fire at Crew Stadium.

The Fire (4-4-5, 17 points) lost a step on the Eastern Conference leading Crew (8-2-3, 27 points), who increased their lead over the fourth place Fire to 10 points. It was the Fire’s first regular season loss to the Crew in Columbus since July 3, 2004, previously going 4-0-4.

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