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MLS Preview: Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact

Sep 27, 2013, 6:09 PM EST

Andrea Pisanu, Sean Johnson, AP

Mike Magee is in fantastic form.

Wait…didn’t we say that like, four months ago?

Magee’s outstanding season has seemingly gone on forever.  Everyone waiting for him to come down to Earth, please for your own safety don’t hold your breath.

Ok sure, he went three matches without scoring once. That’s the longest he’s gone all year without finding the back of the net, and with Magee failing to score in Chicago’s 3-0 stinker in Columbus last week, he’s a good bet to get back on track.

The Fire need him desperately (again) as they host the Montreal Impact at Toyota Park, looking to play catchup with New England and Houston.  With those two playing each other, this may be a great opportunity for Chicago to make moves against one or both of those two clubs.

Magee’s scoring becomes even more important considering Chicago will be without defender Bakary Soumare who was red-carded last week, and that means Hunter Jumper will most likely get the start, or Jalil Anibaba could slide back over from his right-back spot.

Either way, the Fire will not have Soumare’s services to help mark the league’s top-scorer Marco Di Vaio, which could spell doom for a Fire club that’s given up 11 goals in their last 7 matches.

For Montreal, nobody is safe in this playoff race, so dropped points could prove costly down the road.

Speaking of dropped points, the Impact head out on the road having lost both their last two matches – at home, no less – to two other teams fighting for their playoff lives in Columbus and Vancouver.  They have now experienced firsthand the motivation a playoff battle can hand their opposition.

All the Impact seemingly have to do is close down Magee and they’ll have a shot at a boosting road win.  But things never go as planned in sports now do they…

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