The Chicago Fire were looking for their first back-to-back wins in over two months when they took the field against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, but despite leading 1-0 after 90 minutes, the team had to settle for a draw after a late penalty kick by Sebastien Le Toux equalized the match.
The penalty was roundly criticized by commentators as well as by fans of both teams, when a ball that struck Gonzalo Segares as his back was turned was ruled to be a hand ball.
The penalty erased what should have been a huge victory for the Fire who entered the match three points behind Philadelphia in the standings.
After a scoreless first half, the Fire took the lead on a beautiful header by Jeff Larentowicz on Harry Shipp‘s corner cross.
With the draw the Fire find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points, while Philadelphia, Columbus and New England each have 23 points. The Fire will play their next match at San Jose on Wednesday, July 23 at 9:30 central.