The Chicago Fire flashed in one afternoon many of the foibles that have hamstrung their entire 2019 season, as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit only to blow a 2-1 lead and settle for a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC in their MLS swan song at SeatGeek Stadium on Sunday.
The result helped seal Chicago's postseason doom, as the Fire needed a win over TFC to have any chance of staying alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, though New England's home win over New York City FC meant that the Men in Red were eliminated whatever the final score in Bridgeview turned out to be.
After a scoreless first half, Jozy Altidore shrugged off Francisco Calvo and nutmegged Kenneth Kronholm to opening the scoring just shy of the hour mark. Aleksandar Katai rose from the bench to lift the home side, however, striking for the equalizer less than 10 minutes later.
It looked like the Fire had handled their side of things when Fabian Herbers flicked home a Nico Gaitan delivery to take the lead, yet mere moments later Omar Gonzalez elevated to thump home a leveling header off a Toronto corner kick and the road Reds kept hold of the draw to help their own hopes of improved postseason seeding.