Morning Box Score: Fire Clinch Playoff Spot
Blanco and teammates celebrate While the Cubs and Sox sat out October baseball, the Chicago Fire joined the Bulls and Blackhawks as another of the city's teams looking to make a splash in their league's post-season action in 2009. The soggy conditions at Toyota Park didn't dampen the Fire's spirits as they celebrated not only a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA, but also clinching a spot in the MLS playoffs. The Fire's goal came in the 67th minute when Chivas' Eduardo Lillingston attempted to clear a Blanco cornerkick but since the ball into his own goal instead. In spite of awful conditions, the Fire still got plenty of chances, taking 14 corner kicks and 13 shots, though only two of those were officially credited as shots on goal. Goalie Jon Busch had three saves in the winning effort.
The Fire finished the season with a record of 11-7-12, good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference, automatically qualifying for a playoff spot. More will be known about seedings and playoff match-ups after the final weekend of play wraps up Sunday.